Serious Environmental Problems Confront Canada

Serious Environmental Problems Confront Canada

Serious environmental problems confront Canada and you should know about them.

And they are wide-ranging in scope.

And they impact all of us.

The reasons?

Climate change is the main culprit.

It affects the whole environment.

It changes things such as weather and temperatures .

So let’s look at some of the major environmental issues that are happening in Canada now.

First up is the Yukon Territory.

Gwenn Flowers is a glaciologist .

She is a professor at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.

For 13 years she has been studying the St. Elias mountains in the Yukon.

“She trudges back and forth across a vast glacier in southwest Yukon, pulling a radar device mounted on skis behind her.

“We as Canadians are stewards of about a third of the world’s mountain glaciers and ice caps, so this is our responsibility,” Flowers says in an interview with the CBC.

And the dramatic changes to the Yukon glaciers are an early warning sign.

Serious Environmental Problems Confront Canada

An early warning sign of what impact climate change could have on the world.

Flowers says she is concerned about the state of the ice in the Yukon.

Her concerns are echoed in a State of the Mountains report.

It gives a detailed account of the ravages inflicted on the glaciers in the St. Elias mountains due to climate change.

And that is having far-reaching implications.

Canada’s dwindling wildlife population is another serious problem.

The World Wildlife Fund says the Canadian mammal population dropped by 43 per cent, fish populations by 20 per cent,  amphibian and reptile populations by 34 per cent and some birds lost from 43 per cent to 69 per cent of their populations.

The Canadian situation is part of a global diversity crisis, devastating wildlife.

“Our constantly increasing demands on nature are driving wildlife to extinction. It’s not just elephants, freshwater dolphins and rhinos, but Canadian wildlife too,” says Megan Leslie, WWF-Canada president and CEO.

“Caribou, southern resident killer whales, burrowing owls — these Canadian species have been pushed to the brink by human impacts on nature, ” she adds.

And British Columbia’s coastal waters are facing serious issues.

The Coastal Ocean Research Institute says sea levels are rising faster and higher than predicted earlier.

And the institute – research arm of the  Vancouver Aquarium – blames higher ocean surface temperatures for the situation.

“B.C.’s ocean surface temperatures in recent years have been consistently warmer than the 30-year baseline.

“We must track ocean warming to understand its effect on aquatic ecosystems and human settlements.

“New science suggests sea levels may be rising faster, and by a greater amount, than initially predicted,
rendering many planning guidelines and adaptation tools in B.C. insufficient,” says the report.

Serious Environmental Problems Confront Canada

So what does it all mean?

How will it affect us?

Peer into the future and see what Canada could look like?

And if you think climate change and its devastating impacts are for the future – think again.

In 2018 climate change had a major impact on the world.

And the year 2030 will be a pivotal one for the world.

That is the year climate change will be devastating for the world.

And one scientist warns that if the world does not act it will face its own extinction.

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