Monday, November 02, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Climate Shocks and Stressors

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Climate change is already being felt in St. John’s. 
 
The St. John’s Climate Profile examines weather data over decades to understand climate trends. Changes to date include increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation, sea level rise and an increase in the frost-free period (which affects things like ice on ponds). We have also seen extreme weather and impacts like fires, greater storms, riverbank erosion and other environmental changes (e.g. invasive species).
 
This graphic gives a snapshot of how average changes in global climate may impact us locally. 
 
Did you know, for example, that:
  • Temperatures are projected to increase, including our maximum temperatures in summer.  
  • Precipitation is projected to increase, and heavy precipitation events are expected to become more extreme. 
  • Snowfall is expected to decrease, while more of it may fall as freezing rain (especially during winter). 

 

We know what the weather and climate data tell us, but we want to understand better what this means on the ground to our residents, as these climatic changes have and are expected to continue to impact various aspects of our community.
 
Climate Change seems like a very daunting and expensive problem. However, there is a lot that city governments and the community can do to mitigate and adapt to climate change, especially when we understand the climate shocks and stressors affecting our city.
 
The City of St. John’s is building a Resilient St. John’s Plan that aims to integrate climate change action in our community. 
 
Join the conversation:
  • Share how climate change has impacted you. Visit our engagement page to add your thoughts and ideas to the ongoing planning.
  • Use the mapping tool to share your experience with climate hazards and how you have seen changes happening in our community.
  • Take part in our community session on November 19; learn about climate change and climate change action and provide your personal experiences, perceptions and ideas to the planning process.
We can work together to lead St. John’s towards a low carbon resilient future.