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Climate Crisis: Impacts on our Region

Photo by Jim DemlerHuman-caused climate change is already having an impact here in the Strait of Georgia and its watersheds. In the last few years we have experienced:

One of the most serious impacts of the climate crisis for coastal regions like ours is sea level rise, caused by thermal expansion of ocean waters and melting of glaciers and ice fields.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sea level rise will bring:

Recent studies suggest that sea level rise will occur even more rapidly than the IPCC has predicted, and that a feasible range by 2100 might be 0.51 to 1.4 metres, or 20 to 56 inches. (Rahmstorf, 2007)

The impacts of sea level rise on our region may be dramatic.

But the most worrying change being brought by global warming is something that scientists worldwide became aware of only recently: ocean acidification.

There is mounting evidence that acidification is already threatening marine life around the world. The impacts of ocean acidification on our region could be profound - for marine species, our economy and our way of life here on the coast.

Is the situation serious? Absolutely.

Is it too late? No. But if we are to minimize the impacts of the climate crisis, we must act now.

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