Opposition MPs demand action after UN releases latest climate change report

NDP MP Megan Leslie speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in...

NDP MP Megan Leslie speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:21 PM ET

OTTAWA — A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has Canadian opposition MPs alarmed and demanding the government take action.

"Canadians are already dealing with the stark realities of climate change and it is only going to get worse," NDP MP Megan Leslie said Monday. "When will the government drop the rhetoric and actually act upon fighting climate change?"

Liberal MP Joyce Murray accused Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq of being "completely missing in action."

The IPCC report warns that global average temperatures could rise by 2.5 C above pre-industrial times, potentially causing food shortages, natural disasters, economic damage and violence.

"The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate," the IPCC says in the report released Monday.

Aglukkaq says the feds are already doing what they can to try to limit global warming by pushing better, more efficient energy technology.

 


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