The city of Montreal unveils its climate-change action plan

December 16, 2015 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

“Despite our all our efforts, some effects of climate change are already seen in the city,” said Mayor Denis Coderre. “Heat waves, heavy rains, ice storms — this is the reality — now we have to act as of today to ward off the consequences.”

Montreal presented its first ever “Global Warming Adaptation Plan” for the island of Montreal for 2015-2020 on Monday. It runs in parallel with the agglomeration’s greenhouse gas reduction plan for 2013-2020 that aims to reduce the amount of gases emitted to 30 per cent below 1990 levels.

The adaptation plan’s aim is to pinpoint where the city is most at risk of the effects of a warming planet. City officials looked at the effects of heat waves, heavy rainfalls, destructive storms and extended dry periods on the city’s population, natural environment and infrastructure. Then they created a series of highly detailed “vulnerability maps” that indicated the regions and populations, like the aged, those living alone, or densely populated regions, that were most at risk of weather extremes. City officials said it is the first socio-demographic climate mapping created by any major city in the world.

Read The city of Montreal unveils its climate-change action plan by René Bruemmer at the Montreal Gazette.

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Entry filed under: Carbon_Emissions, Climate, Resilience.

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