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Earth is warming – Canada investing in mitigation

Jan 17, 2015 – According to a recent news release from scientists at NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since record keeping began.

Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 0.8 degrees Celsius, largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000.

The long-term analysis uses surface temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations.

This kind of integrated report is important, to help us understand the big picture.

“The observed long-term warming trend and the ranking of 2014 as the warmest year on record reinforces the importance for NASA to study Earth as a complete system, and particularly to understand the role and impacts of human activity.”

Meanwhile, planning for weather disasters is now on the Federal radar screen. On January 16, 2015 the Federal government announced funding of up to $200 million over the next 5 years, to develop a National Disaster Mitigation Program.

Canada’s insurance companies certainly  encourage proactive investment to lessen the future impacts. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), annual claims payouts of $1 billion or more is the new normal, and 2013 was a record-breaking year for insured damage as a result of serious weather events, with payouts of $3.2 billion to Canadian policyholders.  In that same year, insured losses for severe weather across North America hit US$19 billion, the highest of any region in the world.

Individual property owners can find information on preparing themselves for severe weather, on the IBC website  , at Ontario Be Ready,  or at the Federal Get Prepared websites.

Members who are covered through the Cottage First insurance program are encouraged to speak with the FOCA-approved brokers at Cade Insurance to answer any questions about their insurance coverage on their home cottage boats or other valuables.

Terry ReesEarth is warming – Canada investing in mitigation