SaskAdapt.ca feels like waving the white flag, but it is an important website, and a project at the UofR. It’s also the closest we’ll get to an admission from the Sask Party government that climate change is real, and is a grave threat to our people (and every living thing today).
Speaking of this, has anyone heard a peep from the Office of Climate Change, touted by the Ministry of Environment about two years ago? I haven’t, but I did give a call to the Climate Change branch of Environment, and they said they are it, the office set up in the wake of the legislation for the Office of Climate Change.
It’s profoundly sad that the government’s response to criticism is to admit that they’ve never even had people working on a problem that the David Suzuki Foundation says would be problematic if the roles were eliminated. (Canadian Press also confuses the words “consumption” with “conservation”, making it impossible to know if it’s the reporter, or Duncan who looks more foolish.)
Check the date on this release, it’s 2 years old, but popped up in my social media somewhere in the past week.
News Release – June 1, 2010
SASKADAPT.CA — A NEW WEBSITE ON CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS AND ADAPTATION IN SASKATCHEWAN
People who want to find out about the impacts of climate change in Saskatchewan and information on adaptation actions can visit a new website at http://www.SaskAdapt.ca.
Warmer and drier conditions resulting from climate change could have significant consequences for our communities and economy. This new website was developed by the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) at the University of Regina in partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, through the Go Green Fund. It is Saskatchewan’s climate change impacts and adaptation information centre.
Anyone interested in what the climate future of Saskatchewan holds should visit this website. Information is provided both for specific locations (such as Saskatoon or Cypress Hills) and for specific themes (such as agriculture, energy or biodiversity). For users with detailed needs, the website provides links to further information. It includes a self-assessment tool for users to evaluate their vulnerability to climate change.
The new website puts Saskatchewan among the leaders nationally in providing information on the impacts of climate change. Over the last ten years, as a partnership of the federal and three prairie provincial governments, PARC has undertaken and organized many major research projects about past, ongoing and future climate change in the prairie provinces. These projects have advanced the knowledge of climate change impacts in Saskatchewan. SaskAdapt.ca summarizes the key elements of what is now known about climate change in Saskatchewan in an accessible, non-technical manner.
SaskAdapt.ca represents an important component of the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to provide clear, authoritative, scientific information about climate change impacts and adaptation options in our province. SaskAdapt.ca is also an example of the University of Regina’s motto: “As one who serves”.
PARC will further manage and develop the site jointly with the Ministry of Environment. Please visit http://www.SaskAdapt.ca.
Office of Climate Change gets a plug in this undated PDF. Are they having a noticeable impact? Can you list something they’ve done to reduce air pollution?