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Canada launches climate-change hub, atlas


April 23, 2018
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – The federal government will create the Canadian Centre for Climate Services to provide reliable climate information, data, tools, training and user support to help increase climate resilience.

The centre is part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. By providing detailed information about the projected impacts of climate change, under various emission scenarios, the centre aims to ensure that Canadians understand the climate-related risks they face and that they take action to address them, the government said in a news release.

Expected to launch in fall 2018, the Canadian Centre for Climate Services will encourage collaboration between the Government of Canada and provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples, and other regional partners to help ensure Canadians are equipped to adapt to the impacts of climate change. To increase awareness of the impacts of climate change and encourage action, the government provided a $1-million contribution to the Prairie Climate Centre’s ongoing development of the Climate Atlas of Canada.

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The Atlas is a new interactive online tool developed by the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre to illustrate how climate change could affect communities across Canada. The tool allows users to explore what unprecedented warming could mean for their towns, cities, or regions, in the decades ahead. From an increase in searing hot days and warmer nights, more precipitation, and fewer days below zero, the Atlas shows no region will remain untouched as Canada’s climate changes.