Friday, August 30, 2013
Alberta and the Climate Change Deniers
Well now we know what climate change could do to Alberta.
At a minimum, temperatures in Alberta are expected to increase by 2 C over the next hundred years; all available global climate models predict this outcome. In response, Alberta's ecosystems are projected to shift northward: for example, the parkland landscape around Edmonton will come to resemble the grassland landscape around Calgary.
At the upper end, under a high global greenhouse gas emissions scenario, the climate models predict drier conditions and temperature increases of up to 6.5 C, which could result in the near-complete loss of the boreal forest from northern Alberta. The boreal region currently covers more than half of the province.
The question I have is what will people think of climate change deniers like Joe Oliver and Stephen Harper who helped lead them to such an arid future?
Will they call the next big flood The Big Olly, or the wildfires that can't be put out the Big Steve or the Killer Klein?
Like some in the U.S. are trying to do, by naming hurricanes after their climate change deniers...
What I do know is that as the world gets hotter, the climate change deniers who crippled all efforts to fight the problem, are going to feel the heat even more than the rest of us.
For we will never forget. We have all their names. We will find out who paid them to lie.
And we will not forgive...
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