Many adults in Canada have become more worried about climate change, according to a poll by TNS Canadian Facts. 38 per cent of respondents are much more concerned about global warming than they were a year ago, while 30 per cent are a little more concerned.
The term global warming refers to an increase of the Earth’s average temperature. Some theories say that climate change might be the result of human-generated carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. 83 per cent of respondents believe global warming has the potential to harm the well-being of their children and grandchildren.
In 1998, several countries agreed to the Kyoto Protocol, a proposed amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The agreement commits nations to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Canada is one of more than 150 nations that have ratified the revised agreement, which came into effect in February 2005.
During his time in opposition, current prime minister and Conservative leader Stephen Harper criticized the inclusion of funds for the "fatally flawed" Kyoto Protocol in the federal budget. Harper took over as head of government in February 2006. Continued...