New N.B. climate change plan for sets 2050 greenhouse gas target

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Smoke pours from the stacks at the Portlands Energy Centre in Toronto, January 15, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government has released a new climate change action plan that sets a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 75 to 85 per cent below 2001 levels by 2050.

The plan also restates the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, which was set in the province’s first climate change action plan released in 2007.

The plan released Monday identifies risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

Climate models predict that average temperatures in New Brunswick will rise three to 3 1/2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

The plan says while that will result in longer growing seasons for agriculture, it will have adverse effects such as increased flooding and stress on cold-water fish species such as Atlantic salmon.

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The plan includes a list of measures such as reducing industrial and vehicle emissions and increasing the percentage of renewable energy being used.

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