Global warming has disproportionate influence on Canada. A new report from the Canadian government's environmental and climate department indicates that the country is heating a significantly faster price than the rest of the world.
Canada's changing climate policy concludes that Canada's climate has on average been warmed with double world speed as a whole – a trend that scientists expect to continue. Since 1948, Canada's average soil temperature has increased by 1.7 degrees Celsius or approx. 3 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures in northern Canada have increased even more. By comparison, researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies estimate that the average global temperature has risen to 1
Many of the effects of Canada's warming are "effectively irreversible," the report says. And it confirms that "human influence" is more blamed for the observed temperature rise than natural causes.
Some other important findings in the report include:
- The rise in sea level is expected to lead to an increase in coastal floods.
- Extreme high temperatures are expected to become more frequent and intense, which will cause drought and fire hazards. Extreme cold temperatures are expected to fall in frequency.
- Canada continues to shift towards less snow and more rain every year.
- Oceans around Canada have heated, become more acidic and less oxygenated, threatening marine health ecosystems.
"Climate change is real and Canadians across the country feel their impact," said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, in a press release. "Science is ready to take action now. Practical and affordable climate change solutions will help Canadians face the serious risks to our health, safety and economy and will also create tomorrow's jobs and ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren. "
The effects of global warming are also felt by Canada's neighbor, Alaska. Last weekend, parts ofof 30 to 40 degrees over normal, crushing past records. "Between a rapidly changing environment and a lack of social response, I am very worried," said climate expert Rick Thoman of NOAA's Alaska Climate Assessment and Policy Center, told CBS News last week.
A recentsaid extreme weather impacted 62 million people worldwide and forced 2 million people to move in 2018 and that man-made climate change aggravates such conditions. The last four years were the hottest on record, the report says. U.N. Secretary General António Guterres called climate change a security and health issue for the whole world.
are increasingly calling on government leaders to do more to combat climate change. Hundreds of thousands of students in more than 100 countries have participated in weekly to protest what they believe is their government's failure to take strong enough action against global warming.
The sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who started the school-stripping movement, was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. "I think it's amazing to see that hundreds of thousands of children from all over the world realize this and make their voices heard," Thunberg told CBSN. "Why should we go and study for a future that may not exist anymore?"