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The Impact of the Kyoto Protocol: Opportunity or Cost?


March 1, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Pointing out the incongruity of a forum on global warming when the temperature outside the building hovered at a bitter -18C, Scott Travers, former PAPTAC Chairman, introduced a panel of experts to p…

Pointing out the incongruity of a forum on global warming when the temperature outside the building hovered at a bitter -18C, Scott Travers, former PAPTAC Chairman, introduced a panel of experts to present the audience at the Mill Managers’ Forum with information on the topic that had been garnered by high-level authorities throughout the world. Travers stressed that society needs to address this issue and, in order to address it, needs to know more about it, quoting Mark Twain by saying “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know, it’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”

The introduction to the forum enlisted the help of the former US vice-president, Al Gore, through the medium of his popular documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. The film explores data and predictions regarding climate change, and reviews the scientific evidence for global warming. In one of the segments shown, global warming phenomenon was linked to annual temperature and CO2 levels for the past 600,000 years in Antarctic ice core samples.

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Gore noted that if appropriate action is taken soon, the effects of global warming can be successfully reversed and viewers are urged to learn how they can help in this initiative.

The topic chosen and the interest generated, showed the importance of this subject, as well as proving the responsible attitude of the industry, as represented by the mill managers who were in attendance.


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