Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h/t TomRude – will nobody think of the children?!
By 2080, the climate in these Canadian cities will look nothing like it does today
A study looked at 540 cities across Canada and the U.S.
Nicole Mortillaro · CBC News · Posted: Feb 12, 2019 2:14 PM ET | Last Updated: 4 hours ago
The average summertime temperature in Edmonton is around 15 C. It’s comfortable and familiar for residents. But in 60 years, that temperature is forecast to rise by almost 5 C, more reminiscent of the climate just outside St. Paul, Minn.
That’s just one of many specific geographic conclusions in a new study published in Nature Communications.
In an effort to improve climate change communication, the authors came up with an idea: what if they forecast the temperature and precipitation changes for cities in 2080, and matched them with a city that has a similar climate today?
“We wanted to answer the question: How do we communicate these expected changes in a way that’s relatable to people?” said Matt Fitzpatrick, associate professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the study’s lead author.
“The basic idea was to use this technique of climate analogue mapping, which isn’t a new technique … and to do that in a comprehensive way, so we can better communicate what these changes mean.”
The study is available here.
No offence to Canadians, but myself, I suspect a lot of people who read WUWT, would find the Minnesotan climate to be a little on the chilly side, especially after some of the brutal winter weather Minnesotans have experienced this year.
Even if the predictions are true, is a gradual rise in temperature from bitterly, bone chillingly cold to be careful of exposed flesh cold really a problem worth spending trillions of dollars to reverse?