Press release

Report looks at implications of Canada's past and present climate change profile

August 18, 2010

WINNIPEG—August 19, 2010—The wider implications of Canada's approach to climate change for Canada's foreign policy are examined in a report published today by the Canadian International Council.  

Climate Change and Foreign Policy in Canada: Intersection and Influence, written by John Drexhage and Deborah Murphy of the International Institute for Sustainable Development's climate change and energy program, argues that the Copenhagen Accord has the potential to develop a solid foundation and framework to help countries begin to respond effectively to climate change.  

The report looks at Canada's past and present profile on climate change and its broader implications for bilateral relations with the United States, energy security, national security, development, and trade and investment.

The authors suggest the Canadian government work with the provinces and stakeholders to develop a climate and energy regulatory regime that would complement U.S. actions and legislation.  –more- 

For more information, please contact IISD media and communication officer Nona Pelletier,
Phone: +1-(204)-958-7740, Cell: +1-(204)-962-1303.

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.