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Two-Degree Commitment: Canada and Pre-Industrial Levels

two-degree commitment: That fateful day in December 2015, Canada joined 195 other countries in committing for the first time to restricting planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels an improvement on the two-degree commitment that had become par for the course, according to National Observer. But the momentum didn't last. She remembers the momentum the gathering of countries, the urgency, the ambition, the instruction to work closely with Barack Obama's U.S. administration, the stunned applause when she stood at the podium and said that Canada is here to help. Almost as soon as Canada got serious about the climate change emergency, McKenna and her government began fighting provinces over its plan to uphold its Paris commitments by putting a price on pollution. And then look what happened. It was a different time, and we got an ambitious agreement because the world really did come together, McKenna told National Observer in her Toronto ministerial office on Aug. 27. ( As reported in the news.