Sunday, November 13, 2005 - Canada - Canada gravely threatened by climate change - study

TORONTO -- A draft report says Canada is more vulnerable to climate change than any other industrialized country, but is unprepared to deal with the impacts.

The Toronto Star says the unpublished study lists damage to forestry, fishing and agriculture from higher temperatures and less reliable precipitation.

It also predicts that large swaths of Ontario's boreal forest are also likely to die over the next century.

The draft report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy was specially commissioned by Prime Minister Paul Martin.

The round table - an advisory body of business and labour leaders, academics, environmentalists and other activists - was created by the federal government in 1994.

A United Nations-sponsored climate change conference set for Montreal begins at the end of the month.

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