The facts prove it: climate change is real.
And it’s happening right in our backyard.
Dr. John Pomeroy, a University of Saskatchewan geography professor & Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, said a recent study show climate change is happening at an accelerated pace.
“The temperatures in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, the winter minimum has risen by eight degrees celsius since 1960,” he said. “In Saskatchewan in 2014, we had summer flooding in July in eastern Saskatchewan at a time when things are normally dry. Never before had we recorded rainfall to that extent at that time in the province.”
Pomeroy said they’ve recently completed a five year study into climate change and the results they’ve come to are distressing.
“We’ve seen a rapid decline in glaciers, a reduction in the spring snow cover period and melt of northern permafrost,” he said. “The ground ice is melting out rather rapidly, causing the collapse of forests.”
Pomeroy said this study explored all avenues, including snow packs, run off generation and more.
To inform the public of the study and the effects of climate change, a documentary is being shown starting Tuesday night in Saskatoon at the Roxy Theatre, with the researchers and contributors present to answer questions.
(with files from CJWW)