According to the report, Canada’s annual average temperature has warmed by 1.7 C compared to 70 years ago, while the rest of the world averaging at 0.8 C. The greatest warming has occurred during the winter.
“There’s almost no place on this planet that isn’t seeing some temperatures increase due to greenhouse gases.” – Dr. John Clague, professor in Science at Simon Fraser University
Clague says some major concerns for BC are the increase in wildfires, rising sea levels and amplified warming.
“With continued warming that scientist predict are going to happen, we might have seas rise as much as 1 metre along our coast.” – Dr. John Clague, professor in Science at Simon Fraser University
He says it would cost billions to protect cities, like, Ladner, Delta and Richmond, which are very low-lying coastal communities.
And after experiencing two back-to-back years of devastating wildfires, Clague says since much of BC is forested, we need to be concerned about injury, destruction of buildings and how losing trees will impact ecosystems.