According to a new scientific report, Canada is warming up at twice the global rate.
The report “Canada’s Changing Climate Report” stated that since 1948 Canada’s average land temperature has been increased by approximately 3 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some of the key takeaways from the report are:
- Rainfall has surpassed the snowfall since 1948 and is expected to continue over the century
- The temperatures are getting extreme during both the warm and the cold seasons
- The frequency and intensity of warm temperatures are expected to rise
- The rising sea levels may cause flooding to increase
Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University, told CNN that the report confirms what’s already known, “North America, and especially Canada, is seeing even more rapid warming than the planet on the whole, and the impacts are now readily apparent.”
“In the case of Canada, climate change threatens its very identity, melting its glaciers and ice, shortening its iconic winters by turning snowfall into the rain, and flooding its beautiful coastlines,” Mann said. “This latest report drives home the fact that climate change is a dire threat now, and if we don’t act to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, that threat will only worsen with time.”
Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, said climate change matters because “it affects us here and now.”
“Warmer conditions bring summer heat waves, record-breaking floods and wildfires, sea level rise, permafrost thaw, invasive species, and a host of other impacts were not prepared for,” Hayhoe said. “Understanding how climate is changing in the places where we live and what this means for our future is key to ensuring our future is better, not worse than, today.”
In November 2018, the US Global Change Research Program released a report stating the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars or worse, more than 10% of its GDP by the end of the century.
The global average temperature is much higher and is rising more rapidly than anything modern civilization has experienced, and this warming trend can only be explained by human activities,” said David Easterling, director of the Technical Support Unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.
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