Canada and Global Warming: A State of Denial

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Here’s a summary of global warming effects in British Columbia:

- 2018 the worst wildfire season in BC history with an area 13,342 square kilometres (2.4 times the size of PEI) burned in 2,068 wildfires by September 15th, breaking the 2017 record when more than 65,000 people were forced from their homes, including about 10,000 from a massive evacuation in Williams Lake.

-Tourism, resource, and green energy industries are being hit by extensive wildfires around BC whose number and effects have been magnified by climate change.

-B.C. wildfires 2018: Medical issues surge as air quality advisory becomes longest on record.

-Studies on the effects of wildfire smoke on wildfire firefighters are raising concerns about the health risks associated with this.

-Study examined why this exponential growth has doubled the number of wildfires in BC and rest of western North America since the 1980s due to climate change.

-While First Nations are only 5% of BC population, they are 50% of those affected and evacuated because live near the northern boreal forests of BC but Trudeau refused to create $200-million emergency preparedness and response fund for Indigenous communities

- the mountain pine beetle epidemic, the second largest insect infestation in the history of North America, has brought down 18 million hectares of B.C. forest, an area the size of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick combined, greatly reducing BC’s forest industry

-Combating rising sea levels due to global warming could cost $9.5 billion in flood-protection improvements in Metro Vancouver — including sea gates at False Creek and Steveston — by 2100

-2018 spring flooding of Sothern Interior, Fraser Valley, and Okanagan Valley of BC due to very hot weather melting the snow rapidly and rainfall

-B.C. has 17,000 glaciers and they are all melting, it means no late summer water supply, diminished hydro power production, and serious impacts on fisheries and spawning salmon. 

-ranchers and farmers are concerned about climate change induced drought, increased extreme weather events, rising high tides bringing flooding and salt water contamination

-Record warm ocean temperatures combined with low, unusually warm rivers pose a double threat to B.C. salmon, prompting officials to curtail some fisheries.



One of the crises the MSM almost totally ignores is the strong link between climate change and refugees. Already many of the refugees from Africa going to Europe are driven by desertification linked to the higher temperatures associated with climate change and the resultant displacement of farmers. 

According to the Lexis Nexis database of international newspapers, in the past month there were more than 4,600 articles with “refugee” or “migrant” in the headlines (a headline indicating the article’s focus). But the total number of articles headlined with refugees or migrants and climate change? One.

In the past month, U.S. newspapers published 866 articles with headlines related to “refugees” or “migrants.” The number of articles with headlines related to refugees or migrants and climate change in the same time period? Zero. 

The Canadian Major Dailies database shows a similar pattern in Canada. Over the past year Canadian newspapers published 774 migrant or refugee headlined articles — but just a single article sharing the headline with climate change. ...

But the people most vulnerable to climate change are also most likely to experience extreme weather disasters and climate change’s more generalized threat multiplying effect (food insecurity, heightened violence, etc., due to extreme weather). In other words, climate change has everything to do with the decision to flee one’s home — and those of us in more materially affluent parts of the world have everything to do with climate change.


As temperatures rise due to climate change, large areas of the world will become arid driving mass refugee migration towards countries, such as Canada, less affected by these chnages.

Up to 30 per cent of the planet’s land surface would become arid if global temperatures rise 2C above pre-industrial levels, according to a new study.

A 2C threshold was set out in the Paris climate agreement in 2015, but the new research suggests it will not be enough to prevent devastating environmental changes.As land undergoes “aridification” and becomes drier, water supplies run out. ...

The scientists compared the outcomes of 27 different climate models to find the areas of the world that would be hit worst by increased aridity. Their results indicated that while the 2C target might not be enough to avert an aridification crisis, aiming for the more ambitious target of 1.5C would make a big difference.

“Our research predicts that aridification would emerge over about 20-30 per cent of the world’s land surface by the time the global mean temperature change reaches 2C,” said Dr Manoj Joshi, an environmental scientist at the University of East Anglia. “But two thirds of the affected regions could avoid significant aridification if warming is limited to 1.5C.”

The past century has already seen drought severity increase in places like the Mediterranean, southern Africa, and the eastern coast of Australia.

Increasingly, climate scientists are linking the severity of natural disasters like droughts and wildfires to climate change.

“The areas of the world which would most benefit from keeping warming below 1.5C are parts of South East Asia, Southern Europe, Southern Africa, Central America and Southern Australia – where more than 20 per cent of the world’s population live today,” said Professor Tim Osborn, another of the study’s authors from the University of East Anglia.

Hunger and Climate Vulnerability Index for 2°C global warming.

 Hunger and Climate Vulnerability Index for 2°C global warming. Illustration: Betts et al. (2018), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.



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