Canada is considered as one of the coldest countries of the world. But not anymore as temperatures here as rising twice as fast as any other country, says a recent report published by the national government agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada.
The reason for these rising temperatures is none other than ‘Global Warming’ indeed.
The average temperature in Canada today is 1.7 degrees Celsius (3 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than 70 years ago, according to the report. By comparison, the average global temperature increase during the same period is 0.8 degrees Celsius.
Changes in temperature already show in various areas of the country and scientists say they will only intensify. Canada's Arctic has seen the deepest impact and will continue to warm at more than double the global rate. The Canadian Arctic and Atlantic Oceans both are experiencing "longer and more widespread sea-ice-free conditions", the report says.
Precipitation is projected to increase, on average, yet summer rainfall may decrease in particular regions. Despite of increased rains the availability of freshwater is changing rapidly, with the risk of water supply shortages expected to increase in the summer.
Hotter temperatures could mean more heat waves and a higher risk of wildfires and droughts in some parts of the country.
Also, the oceans are expected to become more acidic and less oxygenated, which could harm marine life to great and irreversible extent.
Its high time we start using the classic case of Canada to rather tread towards some corrective measures for a healthier planet.
Image Credits –Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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