Fraser Basin Council

What's Climate Got To Do With It?
March 5, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Northern Grand Hotel (plaza room)
9830 100 Avenue
Fort St. John

Reception with light refreshments at 7:00pm. Talk begins at 7:30pm.In the past few years, Northeast BC communities have been hit by a series of severe weather events that strongly impacted the lives of residents as well as critical infrastructure. As recently as the summer of 2016, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge faced wide spread flooding, which washed out highways and roads – leaving blockages in important transportation routes. The early spring in 2016 also saw wildfires sweeping through the region, causing evacuation orders and extensive damages. The Northeast has also experienced summers of drought, with dropping river levels and low water supply.Are these extreme events rare occurrences or will they happen with more frequency in the future? Climate change means that what we have seen as “normal” weather in the past, in terms of temperature and precipitation, will not be the same for the next decades. A changing climate also increases the frequency and intensity of severe weather events. So what can we expect to see in Northeast BC?Trevor Murdock, a leading climate scientist at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, will speak about what we may see in terms of future climate changes for the Northeast region. This talk will also highlight how governments in Northeast BC are preparing for climate change, through the recently launched Northeast Climate Risk Network. In the next two years, local governments in the region will be developing regional climate projections and conducting vulnerability assessments in order to better integrate adaptation to community decision-making and planning.Register at: