Canada is facing a climate emergency
Updated: Sep 10, 2019
A scientific report published earlier this month says Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, and Northern Canada already warming three times the global rate. The Canadian Climate Change Report (CCCR) states that if Canadians don’t take the steps to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the country will face extreme heat waves that are 10 times more than the usual and twice as many extreme heavy rainstorms.
2019 was introduced with an extreme cold weather event known as the polar vortex which swept frigid air in parts of Canada and the US which lasted for weeks in some places. Temperatures dropped as low as -50 C in certain places, and while winters are getting shorter, cold snaps are going to be a regular occurrence during the winter seasons. Extreme weather events (cold or hot) are the new norm due to climate change. The report also reveals that temperatures are rising, especially during the winter months. Southern Canada will experience more winter rainfall and Northern Canada with melting permafrost and less sea ice.
Canada’s sea levels are rising dramatically which have coastal cities worried. The report which was commissioned by the Environment and Climate Change department alerted that waters are predicted to rise 50 centimeters over the next 80 years.
Spring barely bloomed and various parts of Canada are already facing disasters and thousands of Canadians are facing emergencies. This week alone, Vancouver experienced two earthquakes, Saskatchewan is burning, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Fredericton are experiencing heavy flooding.
Scientists confirmed that oilsands in Alberta are producing way more CO2 emissions than companies are reporting to the federal government. Air samples taken from mining operations suggest their CO2 emissions are 64% higher than what companies are reporting. The energy sector is the number 1 contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, and companies are not reporting correctly of the amount of CO2 they are emitting.
At the rate things are going, Canada is headed towards a concerning path. Canada will warm twice as fast as the rest of the world regardless of what we do. However, there are still ways to reduce global warming in the future.
The way Canada is dealing with this problem is inefficient and requires more effort. We are nowhere near meeting the global Paris Agreement on cutting our greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada is nowhere near their goal and a report released last week showed that Canada from 2005 to 2017 have lowered emissions by only two percent. 2030 is only ten years and six months away, and Canada is nowhere near their target.