Canada's Changing Climate Report (CCCR) recently released results from the country's annual climate evaluation. The results, so far, are troubling. According to the CCCR, this year has been the worst spring on record when it comes to climate catastrophes.
It's no secret that we've seen some of the worst floodings on record this spring, with high water levels in Quebec and Ontario causing massive amounts of damage. Presently, there are on-going floods that have not yet subsided in areas around Montreal and Ottawa.
Why has this springin particular been the worst on record so far? According to the CCCR, the impact of climate change has brought severe levels of precipitation across Canada.
As sea and lake levels unprecedently rise across the country, Canadians are struggling to find some respite in the face of constant climate catastrophes.
The report details how a significant portion of Canada's population lives on coastal and Great Lakes areas. These populations are particularly at risk because they'll be the first to experience the effects of climate change.
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Urban flooding increases exponentially each year not only in coastal and Lakes regions but in the Northern Territories as well. Ice jams, insane amounts of snowmelt, and constantly warming temperatures in the winter months are creating climate problems where we've never seen them before.
The Northwest Territories have seen average annual precipitation levels increase to some 300 millimetres, which is a historical record, according to the Weather Network. In North Vancouver, precipitation levels for this year are expected to reach some 2000mm.
Rain and extreme climate events are projected to happen 1 in 10 times within the next 10 years in Canada. The more into the future you go, the worse it'll get as climate catastrophes will happen 1 in 5 times within the next century.
Detailed map from Quebec Civil protection outlining regions affected by flooding. https://t.co/xpmXxWAArB… https://t.co/6YLJoeo2zN