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Canada warming at twice the global rate

A wildfire near Oliver, BC in August 2015. Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press. Source: CBC News.

A wildfire near Oliver, BC in August 2015. Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press. Source: CBC News.

When Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial leaders gathered in Ottawa earlier this week, they were informed of some concerning news.

“Alain Bourque, the executive director at Ouranos, a consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change, told the first ministers an increase of two degrees in average temperatures globally could mean that Canada would see a change of about three to four degrees.

“Bourque said climate change will be felt differently in Canada. Warmer summers could mean more forest fires, like those Western Canada experienced last summer. Parts of Canada could also see more droughts and deadly heat waves, he told the gathering.”

With this news, Canada has even more of a responsibility to take serious climate action. Making strong commitments at the upcoming COP21 conference in Paris -and upholding these commitments- will be key.

Read more from the article here. 

For more on extreme weather in Canada, read ACT’s work on the topic here.

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