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Report Focuses on Climate Change Effects

By Bob Ewing     Mar 7, 2008 in Environment
In an as-yet-unreleased report, conducted for Canada’s Department of Natural Resources more than 100 scientists detail the effects of climate change on Canada and Canadians; violent storms and water shortages possible.
A not-yet-released report from Canada’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that drinking water shortages and violent storms are in Canada’s future.
The CBC report states that the report was prepared by more than 100 Canadian scientists for DNR and will soon be made public.
The focus of this report is on the effects that climate change will have on Canada the, for example, weather it will generate, and the effects on areas like infrastructure, energy production and drinking water.
The report is a first in ten years that was conducted by the federal government and warns of more ice storms, torrential downpours, floods, droughts and landslides, as well more days of extreme heat and smog.
The increase of extreme weather has already begun, and will only get worse.
"The models predict as we go into the future that those events will be more frequent than they have been in the recent past," said Gordon McBean, a geography professor at the University of Western Ontario in London.
Increased insurance claims from damaged homes and property are one situation that will accompany the changes another is that the country's roads and bridges will take a beating. Coastlines in some communities will erode more rapidly than usual.
McBean said, “What’s really important is that as we invest in rebuilding that infrastructure, we build it for the climate of the future, not the climate of the past."
Some Canadian communities will experience more rain while others may endure droughts lasting a decade or more. Western Canada, in particular, could face short winters and long, dry summers.
The water levels in rivers in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia are already dropping significantly. The Great Lakes are experiencing similar problems.
A drinking water shortage is a possible outcome of this water drop.
The industries that rely on water, such as, oil, gas, hydroelectricity, agriculture, even salmon fishing, will also suffer, and forest fires may increase.
On a positive note, the growing season in some parts of Canada's north will be longer, while crops in southern Canada will improve as the weather warms up.
"I'm told by some wine enthusiasts in the country that we'll have even better wines coming from southern British Columbia and the Niagara area as we get warmer, hotter summers in those parts," McBean said.
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