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Environment minister warns of hot future for Victoria unless action taken

By Cindy E. Harnett
Victoria Times Colonist
April 16, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A failure to curb carbon dioxide emissions could mean a future with more days above 25 C in Greater Victoria, says Canada’s environment minister. “Mayors, cities [and] towns are on the front lines when it comes to climate change when there’s extreme heat, or forest fires or floods,” Catherine McKenna said after a discussion about climate change with the region’s mayors at Esquimalt Municipal Hall on Tuesday. The minister’s visit comes two weeks after Environment and Climate Change Canada released a report warning that Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. The report compared the effects in 25 years of high carbon emissions with reduced carbon emissions. In Greater Victoria, the high-emissions scenario included 42 days with temperatures above 25 C, up from the typical eight days seen now.

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