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What price are you willing to pay to stop climate change?

Beer may become the next casualty of climate change, a new study suggests, but food shortage is not the only cost of carbon pollution.
A cottage rests toppled in water after being battered by floodwater from the Saint John River on Grand Lake in New Brunswick on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Climate costs

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was unusually blunt last week.

It warned that if governments don't act now, and stop spewing so many greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world could hit a temperature tipping point of 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer just 12 years from now.

That will result in irreversible changes and major eco-disasters, the report said.

The wake-up call from the IPCC comes as the federal Liberals' national carbon price and climate plan is under siege from a growing number of provincial governments. They argue that the cost to ordinary Canadians is too high.

Our question: What price are you willing to pay to stop climate change?

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