Western Canada's Ongoing Struggle with Climate Change

by kevin on April 3, 2018 - 7:39pm

The article entitled, "New Science Is Forecasting the Future in the Changing Climate of Western Canada" was released by the University of Saskatchewan and discusses mainly the effects global warming has had on western Canada. The study anayzed previous severe weather patterns to better predict when subsequent life-threatning weather patterns will reappear. Their study found that severe weather patterns are happening at a rate never before seen and natural disasters along with a rise in the overall temperature, the melting of glaciers, and the change of river flow are occuring subsequently. Howard Wheather, a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and Director of the Golbal Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan mentions how the "rapid changes have put tremendous pressure on the land, water and vegetation, posing important challenges for society". Wildfires, potential floods, and droughts can be prejected by CCRN a compay which uses historical information and novel computer data. As a result, the provinces of western Canada have experienced longer and wettter summers,warmer year-round temperatures, as wll as, the most extreme floods, fires, and droughts. The research also shows that acrosswestern Canada winter are also 2 months onger than they were 60 years ago. Finally, the findings show how the enhanced warming of western Canada has led to the melting of the Canadian rockies, so much so that the rate in which they are melting, soon enough residents will need to relocate as potential floods will envade the area putting their life in danger.
The article offers a very clear purpose, that being to act before it is too late. The author suggests that we minimize our daily ecological footprint; clearly, if we all dimish our consumption the less of a negative impact we will have on the environment. I agree with the articles resort to adopting a how projection based approach to locate when and where severe weather patterns might occur in the future. Cleary, global warming and climate change is an issue that cannot be sold overnight, in my opinion the government will need to enforce rulations that prohibit certain extremely polluting corporations and practices to pay more thn simply a carbon tax, they must be restrained altogether from passing a certain limit of output of green house gases into the atmosphere. 
Works Cited:
"New Science is Forecasting the Future in the Changing Climate of Western Canada." Targeted       News Service, Mar 07, 2018, ProQuest, https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/2011623342?accountid=44391.   


I choose to respond to this summary because I find that not a lot of people actually talk about the effects climate change is going to have over us, specifically in Canada. Because of the systems approach, I feel like people always point to developed countries as the guilty ones for greenhouse gases emissions, and to the developing countries as the victims. When thinking about extreme weather, Africa often comes to mind, and many relate it to droughts, floods, heatwaves, etc. However, it is important to realize that developed countries can also be affected, especially when it comes to environmental migration. While doing my research in ISSS in that topic specifically, I have noticed that very few scholars study possible environmental migration scenarios in developed countries. North America seems to be left out in terms of studies, but this article highlights what might be a warning to Canadian citizens and a future source of reference. I also chose this article because it underlines the shift in weather we have experienced and the longevity of our winters. It is a change that everyone can take notice of without any studies, and the fact that evidences are showing up without the need to point at them makes the urge to act even stronger.

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