chapter  3
12 Pages

Moral progress and Canada’s climate failure

ByByron Williston

According to many scientists, there are reasons to believe that some of the predictions of the 2007

report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are too conservative. Recent

climatological and meteorological data suggest that climate change is progressing much more

rapidly than the IPCC thought it would. One general reason for this is that the IPCC did not

take full account of the effects of various positive feedbacks in the climate system. This is how

the recent Copenhagen Diagnosis puts the point: ‘recent observations show that greenhouse gas

emissions are changing near the upper boundary of the range of IPCC projections’.1