Canada warming 2x as fast

Canada warming faster than the rest of the world, says Environment Canada

Canada warming faster than the rest of the world, says Environment Canada

In addition, the findings revealed that extreme high temperatures will become "more frequent and more intense", increasing the frequency of heatwaves, wildfires and droughts.

The document says that while warming in Canada has been the result of both human activity and natural variations in the climate, "the human factor is dominant", especially emissions of greenhouse gases. Increases in mean air temperature over land underlain with permafrost are projected under all emissions scenarios, resulting in continued permafrost warming and thawing over large areas by mid-century with impacts on northern infrastructure and the carbon cycle.

Canada is warming on average at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, a new scientific report indicates.

Warming is happening even faster in winter, leaving southern Canadians with more winter rainfall and northern Canadians with melting permafrost and less sea ice.

The report says the national annual average temperature increase projected for the late century, compared to the reference period of 1986-2005, ranges from a "low-emission scenario" of 1.8 C to a "high-emission scenario" of 6.3 C.

Along with these temperature increases, the CCCR says Canada is experiencing increases in precipitation (particularly in winter), "extreme fire weather" and water supply shortages in summer, and a heightened risk of coastal flooding. "Urgent action is needed to reduce emissions... if we are to achieve this limited warming future".

According to Nancy Hamzawi assistant deputy minister for science and technology at Environment and Climate Change Canada, told reporters on Monday, the report is evidence that "the science is clear - Canada's climate is warming more rapidly than the global average, and this level of warming effectively can not be changed".

Two emissions scenarios for Canada. Annual and winter precipitation will increase in every part of the country over the 21st century.

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Warmer ocean waters, more acidification and less oxygen have already been observed and such impacts will continue to intensify, threatening the health of marine ecosystems.

"Most small ice caps and ice shelves in the Canadian Arctic will disappear by 2100".

While the increased warming in the Arctic is not yet fully understood, snow and ice play a critical role in reflecting the sun's radiation and heat. It applies in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Those Canadians in one of the four provinces affected by the carbon tax, which was rolled out by Trudeau's government yesterday, may be feeling the purse strings tightening as gas prices start to go up.

According to the now released report, the only way to keep global temperature rises in line with the targets set by nations at the Paris climate summit in 2015 is for "global emissions to peak nearly immediately, with rapid and deep reductions thereafter".

"We are already seeing the effects of widespread warming in Canada", said Elizabeth Bush, a climate-science adviser at Environment Canada.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was not present in the House today for an interview.

Similar to Canada, US researchers also warned of the affects of climate change. A study on regional impacts is set to be released in the next year.

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