Climate Change: The Role Of Global Warming In Canada

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Global warming, or– the more accurate term presently– climate change, is increasing wielded as an ill-suited weapon to discourage companies and everyday people from living in ways that are most convenient to them. It is no surprise, consequently, most Canadians do not conform to the notion of sustainability. Thinking of one’s carbon footprint may cross one’s mind for a moment or two, before the thought is chased away by more relevant concepts such as eliminating effort, saving time, having convenience and of course, gaining profit in a society that encourages consumerism. In other words, people in our modern society like to “live in the moment” as many of the older generation may say; we apparently give no thought to the future. But is the …show more content…

Farmers will be able to cultivate a range of vegetation, such as barley and alfalfa, in regions that could not support them in the past. Being able to grow products that we were forced to import earlier will increase our independence from foreign exports, making Canada more self-sustaining. Farmers can also plant new, more profitable crops. The “northern shift of warmer climates [leads] to greater productivity in some species” (Schmidt & Wolfe 127) as the growing seasons in Canada lengthen. Crops can be planted earlier in the spring, therefore, the harvest will be more plentiful in late autumn. Agricultural production could increase by as much as “5- 20 percent in some areas where growing seasons are lengthened” (Silver 169). An example of this occurring is the maple syrup harvests. According to Climate Change: Picturing the Science by Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe, the output of Canada’s maple syrup harvests have tripled due to climate change. The lumber industry can also expand further north as forests start replacing tundra. While conservationists usually focus on the negative impacts global warming will have on animals and ecosystems, some species such as “cod or Arctic char, both commercially important fish, could expand their range” (Dell para 6) and thrive in warmer temperatures. Temperate summer temperatures induces a lengthened growing season …show more content…

Climate change has caused parts of the Arctic to melt, exposing a treasure trove of natural resources. It is estimated that about “22 percent of the world’s undiscovered conventional oil and natural gas resources” is located in the North. There is a large market for fossil fuels due to a “mounting worldwide energy demand” (Gall & Marsa para 1). The way our world is currently run, fossil fuels are an important energy provider and and will continue to be a valuable resource in the near future– perhaps even for a while after that. Being able to drill and collect these resources bring in revenue that will stimulate economic growth. Moreover, because the Northwest Passage is open, “tankers and container ships move freely through shipping lanes” transporting these resources all over the world. In addition, it has created many jobs centred around “Wild West-style boom towns in the Arctic Circle” and those areas have “undergone rapid economic and population growth” (Gall & Marsa para 2). The natural resources in the Arctic may be the key that gets Canada ahead of the game when it comes to supporting a modern lifestyle in the

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