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How can Canada fulfil its climate commitment?

The landmark Paris climate deal comes into force and Canada has committed to a significant reduction in its carbon emissions
The slogan 'NO PLAN B' is projected on the Eiffel Tower during last year's COP21 conference near Paris. (Francois Mori/The Associated Press)

The Paris Climate Agreement has just come into force. In just one year, Canada and a coalition of the world's largest polluters ratified the landmark deal that has been called "a moment of bright hope in the increasingly discouraging landscape of climate science."  

But lurking in the shadows is another reality: the world's ability to truly mitigate climate change might be upset by the results of the U.S. election. 

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Canada's commitment to the world is to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. That's no easy task. And we're not exactly good at keeping our commitments: emission reduction goals set by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol were never met. 

So how will Canada fulfil its commitment this time? Two leading climate thinkers join Bob to discuss. 

Dr. Mark Jaccard is an environmental economist, and Professor of Sustainable Energy in the School of Resource and  Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. 

Dr. Catherine Potvin is a professor in the department of Biology at McGill University. She chairs the 'Sustainable Canada Dialogues,' a cross-country academic initiative focused on developing solutions to help Canada transition to a low-carbon society. 

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