INTRODUCTION Less than a decade ago, few people outside of the scientific community had heard about climate change. Yet, today, climate change has become a term recognized and discussed daily in newspapers, households and boardrooms around the world. Internationally, politicians have agreed to a Framework Convention on Climate Change and signed an accompanying Kyoto Proto- col, which if ratified, will commit the developed world to the first modest but concrete steps towards addressing the issue. Nationally, provinces, terri- tories, and the federal government have developed an action strategy to help meet Canada's commitments under the Protocol. In keeping with these pol- icy developments, many sectors of industry are now beginning to seriously address their responsibilities for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, and to think about how they should prepare to adapt to those aspects of climate change that already appear to be inevitable. There are, of course, still some who argue that climate change is poorly understood and may be a non-issue. Hence, they suggest we should first understand it better before we take mitigative action. Others argue that 'global warming' may actually be good for us. After all, we live in a rather cold climate! And then
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