The Greater Vancouver regional authority has published a “Climate Projections” document that predicts a rise of 3 degrees Celsius in the local average temperature by the 2050s, within the working lifetime of people now in their twenties.
Among other impacts, we can look forward to:
- Reduced snowpack on the coastal mountains, hotter and drier summers, and lower summertime water levels in local reservoirs.
- More very hot days and tropical nights, with demand for energy to run refrigerators and air conditioners forecast to increase to 6 times the current requirement.
- A 45% increase in “growing degree days,” a measure of the warmth that grows crops.
- Tough times for winter recreation operators.