British Columbia’s coastal capital city, Victoria, has completed a climate change risk assessment, joining most other major Canadian cities who’ve already done so.
The report is part of ICLEI’s Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Planning process. You can read the entire report here.
The most significant identified risk was intensified and more prolonged heat waves, compounded by an aging and more vulnerable population. Risks to buildings and infrastructure from sea level rise and more frequent and intense storms were also highlighted.
The report warns of a nearly one metre sea level rise risk by 2100; hotter, more humid days; drier summers and wetter winters, and higher tides in winter that worsen storm surges.
The risk assessment will inform a community-wide climate change adaptation plan arriving this fall.
The City of Victoria’s media relese emphasized the urgent need for municipalities to develop climate change adaptation plans:
The science is clear: our global climate is changing. Despite all efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we will continue to experience weather events and impacts related to climate change over the coming decades, even if all emissions were stopped today. The climate change adaptation plan will help our community understand and prepare for the opportunities and risks we face from a changing climate.
Vancouver approved a climate change adapation plan last month.
If your community hasn’t also done so, contact your elected representatives and ensure that climate adaptation becomes a priority for your local government.