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Ontario government set to release long-term strategy to fight climate change

TORONTO — Ontario will release its long-term strategy to fight climate change today.

Environment Minister Glen Murray says the province plans to achieve an 80-per-cent reduction in emissions over 1990 levels by 2050.

He says the government will outline how it will get to that goal, and detail the challenges ahead and some potential solutions.

In the new year, Murray says Ontario will detail its five-year "action plan" to achieve a 15-per-cent reduction in emissions over 1990 levels by 2020.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has previously announced a cap-and-trade system that will put a price on carbon emissions in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

The province plans to link its carbon trade system with ones in California and Quebec, and estimates the plan could bring in $2 billion a year in revenue for the Ontario government.

The Canadian Press

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