Environmental Experts Submit Report On Climate Change
McGuinty Government To Develop Adaptation Measures
Ontario has received expert advice on how to prepare and plan for the early effects of climate change.
Ontario's Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation submitted its report, Adapting to Climate Change in Ontario. It will help the government develop strategies to reduce the potential impact of a changing climate.
The release of the report is timely as world leaders already struggling with climate change issues are meeting at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen.
The report's 59 recommendations cover a broad range of measures. Designing bridges and roads to better withstand future severe weather events is just one example.
- Since 1948, average annual temperatures in Ontario have increased by 1.4˚C.
- Water damage is now the primary source of property insurance claims in Ontario.
- Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan calls for reducing greenhouse gases by six per cent from 1990 levels by 2014 and 15 per cent by 2020.
“Climate change will affect everyone. In part, we will have to adapt and we have to start now to protect our health, our economy, our communities and our way of life. This report is an excellent starting point for planning adaptation measures.”
“Many people in Ontario have already been thinking about how the weather of the future will be different from now. If we can bring their knowledge and vision together with the leadership of government, we can be well prepared.”
Dr. David Pearson
“The effects of climate change are now being observed, and are set to become so pervasive that governments at all levels from local communities to regional, provincial, national, and international have an inescapable responsibility to be informed and to take immediate action as well as plan for the longer term.”
Dr. Ian Burton