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Municipalities need to plan for climate change

B.C. and the Prairies have been scorched by wildfires this year. Here, a fire tears through a peninsula jutting out onto Lac La Ronge, Sask., in July. (Submitted by Scott Knudsen, Northscape Photography )

A wildfire near Lac La Ronge, SK in July. Source: CBC. Submitted by Scott Knudsen, Northscape Photography

In a new article from the CBC, an Environment Canada climatologist says that municipalities need to plan better for long-term impacts of climate change.

Municipal infrastructure takes a hit from more extreme and frequent weather events as well as from “weather whiplash”- when weather changes drastically from one season to the next. Effects from this are exacerbated when municipalities are still building infrastructure based on decades-old weather patterns.

In turn, municipalities point to the need for better options for funding and financing infrastructure and upgrades. ACT’s recent report on financing urban infrastructure deals with this exact question by providing a thorough analysis of different options municipalities can use to fund or finance climate-resilient infrastructure. Read the full report here. 

Check out the rest of the CBC article here. 

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