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On April 29, 1998, Canada signed the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. The Kyoto Protocol calls for Canada and other signatories to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide) over the next 15 years. Targets for emissions reductions vary among the signatory countries; Canada's reduction target is six per cent below 1990 levels by 2008-2012. On December 15, 2011 Canada officially notified the UNFCCC that it would be formally withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol. Read more here.

The Government of Canada was required to publish the Climate Change Plan for 2012 to fulfill its legal requirements under Section 5 of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA).

The Kyoto Protocal has since been ratified and amended at the COP18 in Doha, Qatar on December 9, 2011. The new agreement will extend from 2013-2020.

The Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution, the Government of Canada's plan to regulate both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from industrial emitters, was released on April 26, 2007.

Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) was an interdepartmental technology investment program established under the federal government's Climate Change Action Plan. TEAM supported projects that were designed to develop technologies that mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nationally and internationally, and that sustain economic and social development.

Natural Resources Canada released the full science report From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007 on March 7th, 2008. It can be downloaded by chapter. You can also visit the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD) here.

Visit the Government of Canada's Climate Change site.