This Study Suggests Canada Is Heating Up Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The World

This Study Suggests Canada Is Heating Up Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The World

This is the unfortunate conclusion of a new government report: the temperature in Canada is climbing very quickly indeed. According to experts, only drastic action will prevent catastrophic consequences.

‘Our results are clear: Canada's climate is warming faster than average, and this level of warming cannot be stopped,’ said Nancy Hamzawi, Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

This department of the Canadian government is behind a recent report, which makes a sad statement about the climate. As the experts remind us, world temperatures have indeed risen by 0.8 ° C since 1948.

Over this same period, Canada's has risen by 1.7 ° C... more than double. More importantly, temperatures in the Canadian Arctic region have averaged 2.3 degrees Celsius.

‘Urgent action is needed’

Alarming numbers, which illustrate the urgency of the situation. ‘We can already see the effects of global warming in Canada,’ said Elizabeth Bush, also a member of the ECCC. ‘It's very clear, science supports the fact that it's imperative to adapt to climate change, urgent action is needed to reduce emissions.’

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In this part of the globe, the challenge is all the more complicated. As scientists point out, ice and snow play a central role in reflecting the rays, radiation and heat from the sun. According to the researchers, this contributes to a vicious circle of warming, which explains this disproportionate increase in temperatures.

With this in mind, Justin Trudeau's government pledged at the Paris agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 517 megatonnes by 2030. But, in the opinion of scientists, this goal has little chance of being reached.

Erin Doe
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