Great Lakes Ontario Solution
• Climate in the Region
• The Report
• Technical Background
• For Teachers
• Migrating Climates
• Water Resources
• Sense of Place
• Solutions where we Live
• Reducing our Emissions
• Managing our Response
• Ten Personal Solutions
Climate Change in Ontario
Climate Change Solutions
Three complementary approaches are needed to address the challenges that a changing climate poses to Ontario:
Reduce heat-trapping emissions in Ontario
Other sectors can also provide solutions to reducing emissions, for instance Ontario's City of Welland Landfill Gas Recovery Program currently collects and destroys more than 100,000 tons of methane per year-the equivalent of taking 560,000 cars of the road. The city of Toronto has implemented a number of programs to conserve energy allowing the city to acheive emission reductions of 67 percent below 1990 levels and providing over $10 million (Cdn) in annual savings. More information about these programs and other solutions are available in Reducing Heat-Trapping Emissions in Ontario.
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Minimize human pressures on the environment
Although there are many steps we can take to reduce the severity of climate change, some changes are already underway and will continue for decades or more. Therefore, society must begin planning and preparing to manage future impacts that cannot be avoided. Such actions include: protecting wetlands—which provide key flood control services and improve local water quality; examining adaption options in the local fisheries, agricultural and forestry practices, as well as improvements in the health care system to accommodate changes in the climate and environment.
Changes in climate variability and weather extremes will need to be taken into consideration when implementing emergency management plans, zoning, and building codes. Resources will be needed to provide increased relief from the heat to the very young, the poor, and those whose health is already compromised. Such measures are particularly important in urban areas. These and other steps for planning for climate change in the Great Lakes region are highlighted in Managing the Impacts.
For a graphical overview of various solution options, please see the Solutions where we Live feature.
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