Truro | Climate Change Adaptation

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

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By: michellepark (88 month(s) ago)

very informative ..Thanks for sharing

By: macdonaldtomw (88 month(s) ago)

No problem. Are you from Truro yourself?

 

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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations:

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations tmacdonald@clean.ns.ca 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)

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Source: http://www.stormchaser.ca/ Hurricane Bill Nova Scotia Aug. 23, 2009 More Frequent and Severe Storms

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Source: http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/whutt/storm _2004.htm White Juan Halifax Feb. 19, 2004 EXTREME PRECIPITATION

FLOODING:

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

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Source: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/08/24/ns-power-hurricane-bill.html STORM SURGES Hurricane Bill Western Head Causeway Liverpool, NS

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Hurricane Juan Halifax Sept. 2003 Source: http://www.novaweather.net/Hurricane_Juan_files/12.jpg 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

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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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CHANGES TO FARMING Source: NovaScotiaPermaculture.net

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Water Issues Source: Diseaseproof.com

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Source: http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/assess/2007/ch4/3_e.php MIGRATION CHANGES

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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:

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

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Renewable Energy

Adaptation:

Adaptation

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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

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

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Source: http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/assess/2007/ch4/3_e.php BUILDING TECHNIQUES

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Emergency Response

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AGRICULTURE

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Source: housefish.com FORESTRY

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PROTECTING WILDLIFE Source: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Business/Pix/site%20furniture/2009/4/14/1239725064522/Migrating-birds-001.jpg

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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: www.abelramirez.com

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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 tmacdonald@clean.ns.ca Web: www.clean.ns.ca

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