Truro | Climate Change Adaptation

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Climate change adaptation presentation for the town of Truro, NS.



By: michellepark (138 month(s) ago)

very informative ..Thanks for sharing

By: macdonaldtomw (138 month(s) ago)

No problem. Are you from Truro yourself?


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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations:

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations 902.420.6597 March 16 th , 2010 Photo source: National Geographic NSAC Energy Week Truro, NS presented by Tom MacDonald

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Source: Marcel Shulze

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Source: Dale Wilson

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From Natural Resources Canada, 2006

Global Climate Change:

Global Climate Change Oceans rising by 3 cm (1.2“) per decade 1 1) Source: IPCC Assessment Report 4, 2007 1) Global Humanitarian Forum, 2009 Over 315,000 people currently die from the effects climate change every year 2 World temperature rising at a rate of 0.1-0.16 ˚C per decade 1

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2) Rahmstorf , 2009 1) Source: IPCC AR4, 2007 3) Hansen, 2008 If CO 2 concentrations stay above 350 ppm ,we will lose control of climate change 3 Global temperatures will rise between 0.9 – 6.4˚C by 2100, depending on emission scenario 1 Global sea level rise of 0.5 - 1.4 metres by 2100 2 Climate change will most likely continue to happen at an accelerated pace for centuries 2 The Future

Sea Level Rise In Minas Basin:

Sea Level Rise In Minas Basin Source: Natural Resource Canada (2007)


Source: Hurricane Bill Nova Scotia Aug. 23, 2009 More Frequent and Severe Storms


Source: _2004.htm White Juan Halifax Feb. 19, 2004 EXTREME PRECIPITATION


Source: Nicholas Lazier Spring Runoff Truro April, 2003 FLOODING Source: Google Street View Normal Conditions Truro


Source: STORM SURGES Hurricane Bill Western Head Causeway Liverpool, NS


Hurricane Juan Halifax Sept. 2003 Source: DAMAGE TO DOCKS Over the last 10 years, Nova Scotians have claimed $3.3 million in storm surge damages from the federally run Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements Program


Source: Thane Kennedy Hurricane Juan Prince Edward Island Sept, 2003 DAMAGE TO SHIPS

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Source: Paul Richard, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Spring Flooding Highway 101 April, 2003 ROAD WASHOUTS

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CHANGES TO FORESTRY Image source: Ecology Action Centre

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Water Issues Source:



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Boiling Frog Scenario

What can we do?:

What can we do? Mitigation: Slow down the rate of climate change, so we have more time to get ready for its effects Adaptation: “Making adjustments in our decisions, activities, and thinking because of observed or expected changes in climate, in order to moderate harm or take advantage of new opportunities.” - Natural Resources Canada


Mitigation Climate is influenced by the ATMOSPHERE and the GREENHOUSE GASES (GHG) that are floating within it Changes to our ATMOSPHERE (or GHG levels) Changes in our CLIMATE = This is known as the Greenhouse Effect

Changing Our Ways:

Changing Our Ways 1) Source: Environment Canada On a provincial basis, Nova Scotia is the 4 th highest emitter of GHG’s per capita! 1 Reducing your GHG emissions: Use less electricity Buy less stuff Be smarter when it comes to transportation Eat smarter: more local, less meat Use less water


Renewable Energy



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Types of adaptation measures that can be implemented for a storm surge event Types of Adaptation

Agriculture Adaptation:

Agriculture Adaptation 2040 – 2069 in Atlantic Canada 1 Grain Corn 54% increase in yield Soybean 29% increase in yield Barley 8-12% decrease in yield Bootsma , Gameda , McKenney (2004) Bootsma , Gameda , McKenney (2004) Spring cereal crops relatively unaffected 2 Dry spots likely to get drier, wet wetter 2 Need more research on pest, disease, crop lodging, and harvest loss factors 2

Adapting to Climate Change:

Adapting to Climate Change Plan early Act not react Less expensive to adapt NOW rather than react later Be strategic Work together Build adaptation practices into existing action processes


You can be Successful at Adapting (Examples of Successful Adaptations)



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Emergency Response



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Where to buy/build a house? What is my community doing? Key roads at risk? What about the water supply? What about conservation areas? What is the emergency plan? Source:


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

For More Information Contact::

For More Information Contact: Climate Change Centre Clean Nova Scotia (P) 902.420.6597 e-mail Web:

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