Regions across Canada are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. Click below for more information on impacts from coast to coast to coast.Atlantic CanadaCentral CanadaThe PrairiesWestern CanadaNorthern Canada
Atlantic Canada is one regions in Canada most threatened by global climate change. The region will experience more storm events, increasing storm intensity, rising sea levels, storm surges, coastal erosion and flooding from a warming in global temperatures. Moreover, coastal communities, which make up much of the population in Atlantic Canada, are those most vulnerable to these impacts. Climate change impacts will have significantly adverse effects on the vital infrastructure and industries which contribute to the socio-economic well-being of Atlantic communities, most notably in the fisheries and tourism industries.
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Click below to learn more about our members’ work in this region.Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Ecology Action Centre, Eco PEI, Environment North East
The social, economic and cultural health of central Canada is strongly influenced by our climate. For one, the effect of an overall warmer climate could have detrimental effects on heat-related illnesses in the dense metropolitan areas of Quebec and Ontario. The health of Ontario and Quebec residents has, and will continue to be, increasingly at risk of illness, injury and premature death from such climate-related events as heat waves, smog episodes and ecological changes that support the spread of vector-borne diseases.
Click below to learn about our members’ work in this region.AQLPA, ENvironnement JEUnesse, Nature Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Sierra Club Canada, Toronto Climate Campaign
The region which supports one of Canada most important industries, agriculture, could also be one of the most vulnerable to changes in the climate. The Prairies are Canada’s major dryland and changes in precipitation patterns can dramatically impact agriculture in the region. Recent trends and future projections include lower summer stream flows, falling lake levels, retreating glaciers, and increasing soil- and surface- water deficits. A trend of increased aridity will most likely be realized through a greater frequency of dry years. That said, irregular precipitation patterns can also lead to dramatic flooding as seen recently in Manitoba.
In turn, agricultural production, as well as gross farm income, could be at increasing risk of extreme weather events, and the increasingly frequent presence of agricultural pests and disease. Especially given the increasing use of agricultural and livestock-related water use, this instability in rainfall could be highly detrimental to some of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan’s most important industries.
Click here to read more….. Click below to learn more about our members’ work in this region.Pembina Institute, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, Manitoba Wildlands
The regions of Western Canada are very vulnerable to climate change related extreme weather events. The increasing frequency of forest fires, storm surges, coastal erosion, landslides, snowstorms, hail, droughts, and floods could have devastating impacts on the critical infrastructure of British Columbia and Alberta. Already, the northern migration of the mountain pine beetle and record-setting forest fires have had adverse impacts on the forestry and tourism industries – impacts which are expected to continue. Furthermore, the productivity of Canada’s west coast fisheries, likely British Columbia’s most socially, culturally and economically significant industry, is expected to be drastically impacted by rising sea levels, heightened freshwater temperatures and changes in the amount, timing and temperature of river flows.
Click below to learn about our members’ work in this region.David Suzuki Foundation, Sustainability Solutions Group, Greenpeace, WWF
Changes in the climate are already having devastating impacts on ecological, economic and human systems in northern regions. Current levels of exposure to climate-related changes and sensitivities, as well as limitations in adaptive capacity, make some northern systems and populations particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Much of the infrastructure in the North is dependent upon the cryosphere (those portions of Earth's surface where water is in solid form) to, for example, provide stable surfaces for buildings and pipelines.
Know more about the implications of changing climate to the Northern (Arctic) environment…….Click below to learn about our members’ work in this region.Ecology North, Yukon Conservation Society