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Federal and provincial environment and energy ministers in Canada have so far failed to develop mechanisms for stabilising the country's greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by 2000. Federal environment minister Sheila Copps was politically isolated at a recent meeting in her appeal for aggressive, interventionist measures to be included in Canada's National Action Programme on Climate Change. Her appeal met with little support, even though Canada's greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 4.9% between 1990 and 1994. So far government efforts to meet the stabilisation target are restricted to a single programme called the Climate Change Voluntary Challenge and Registry (VCR).

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