Trevor Hancock: Governments fail the climate math test

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This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would impose a carbon tax in 2018 in provinces where there was no carbon tax or cap-and-trade system. From a public health perspective, while not yet a completely good news story, at least it’s a start.

The World Health Organization bluntly states: “Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century,” and the director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan, has said: “The evidence is overwhelming: Climate change endangers human health.” Not surprisingly, WHO has called for “for urgent action to protect health.”

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