Canadian scientists' report offers Idaho, Northwest strategy for climate change

Our neighbors to the North, Canada, have had a similar debate over climate change to the one we have here in the United States.

There remain politically, if not scientifically, many skeptics that humans are the cause of the climatic changes that obviously are happening. But there is an added angle. Warming in large portions of the Great White North is actually welcomed.

The growing season is expected to continue to lengthen, a phenomena we in Idaho also are experiencing. Winters may not be as harsh. The concept of adaptation to climate change, a subject that gets far too little discussion in the polarized debate over how we reverse it, is not as daunting as it would be in someplace like Bangladesh, which could see huge portions of its overpopulated landscape inundated by the Indian Ocean.

The major basis for Canada’s current discussion is the report: From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007. The report was released quietly in Canada earlier this month.

Its conclusion for British Columbia, the province that borders Idaho, is, as expected, similar to the scientific predictions of U.S. reports like those out of the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group 2007.

Many regions and sectors of British Columbia will experience increasing water shortages.

Increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather and related natural hazards will impact British Columbia’s critical infrastructure.

British Columbia’s forests, forest industry and forestry-dependent communities are vulnerable to increasing climate-related risks, including pest infestations and forest fires.

Vulnerability of Pacific salmon fisheries in both freshwater and saltwater environments is heightened.

The Canadian scientists recommend among other strategies increasing water storage where possible, the strategy the Idaho Legislature and Gov. Butch Otter have recommended. Like Idaho, British Columbia can expect warmer winters and earlier runoff, which it currently can’t catch in reservoirs.

Ultimately the report offers good advice for leaders on both sides of the border:

“Integrating climate change adaptation into decision-making is an opportunity to enhance resilience and reduce the long-term costs and impacts of climate change,” the scientists concluded.

We can bomb them after properly bombing Iraq/they're Canadian!

They've got some of the whiniest trolls on Earth after Australia.

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Nah. I've got to eat and finish laundry and crap. Not THIS 24/7

Once again....

We had the coldest winter worldwide in decades and worldwide the temp dropped 1 degree in the last year thus erasing the one degree gain that took decades to accomplish. This is proof that any warming that has taken place is not man caused. Why, because we haven't done anything to change or alter the so-called causes yet the temp dropped. Matter of fact this temp drop is unprecedented. Climate change is real and we should be concerned about pollution and energy use but man caused global warming is a farce.

Yawn.

Global cooling, ozone hole, acid rain, rainforest destruction, global warming, yeah, yeah, we're all gonna die. Yawn. Life expectancy is greater than it has ever been.

If these stupid SCIENTISTS would stay out of the enviroment.

If these stupid SCIENTISTS would stay out of the enviroment.

With people around like this poster, it's no wonder the United States is lagging in technology and competitiveness.

I've been outside FOUR TIMES today!

How dare you Twit me, Conway. Your sense of humor needs Dullcolax.

Too many variables

Besides the fact that climate change has existed on earth and every other object in the universe since the big bang/creation/God unwrapped us from the DHL box etc... I think it's safe to say that change will happen regardless of what we do. Plain and simple, there's too many factors to consider.

The oscillation of the earth's tilt, the sun's energy output, geothermal activity... One could honestly fill the pages of an encyclopedia with factors that may or may not be affecting our global temperature. We just don't know as much as people would like to believe.

So if there is nothing we can do to change it what should we do?

What do you, who disbelieves, believe we should do to the millions of people who will be adversely affected by climate change? There is almost no scientific argument that challenges the evidence that the climate is changing and will continue to change. This issue is how fast and how much we can affect it.

You make the usual mistake of thinking WE PWN EARTH,

EARTH PWNS US, always has and always will.

Do you think

we should adapt to the changes then?

Geico cavemen only made it to 1977, we'd be wise to carry on.