Photo credit: Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 12, 2021. FearFighters Mech Drones 3DP Gaming/YouTube https://cabinradio.ca/66605/news/dehcho/nwt-will-cover-all-repairs-for-flood-affected-residents/

Photo credit: Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 12, 2021. FearFighters Mech Drones 3DP Gaming/YouTube https://cabinradio.ca/66605/news/dehcho/nwt-will-cover-all-repairs-for-flood-affected-residents/

Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, and the NWT is warming three times faster

In our first installment, we discussed how climate change is increasing fire risk, and some of the weather-related factors that have a detrimental effect on wildlife, habitat, and human populations. In our second post in the series, we look at the impact of climate change for Canada, and in particularly, the north.

A new report shows that Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, and that the north is warming three times quicker than the rest of the world, which means that the north will see drastic changes sooner than other locations. Greater fire risk, with more devastating consequences, rapid melting of year-round sea ice, and changes in climate impacting habitat and wildlife that people in the north depend on, such as caribou. Caribou are very sensitive to changes in climate and have already seen their numbers decimated in the past 10 years by a variety of factors, including climate change.

Heat has an adverse effect on infrastructure as well, causing buckled roads, melted power lines, and extreme flooding destroying homes and property. As seen this year when the Taltson River flooded, and the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers caused extensive flooding in Fort Simpson. Statistics also show that, “Annual average temperature in northern Canada increased by approximately 2.3C.”[1] With this in mind, it is clear that climate change is overwhelmingly an issue that requires immediate solutions, particularly for the north, which means we need communities, and leadership to prioritize solutions.

In our next post, we will talk about the other effects of climate change, and what those changes look like. We have included links here for further reading, as well as pictures and infographics related to today’s topic.

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/record-northwest-heat-wave-thats-melting-power-lines-and-buckling-roads-moves-inland

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-western-canadas-deadly-heat-wave-is-driven-by-climate-change-will-it/

https://changingclimate.ca/national-issues/