And no, we’re not talking about the Bush administration…
Gosh, I can’t imagine why those nefarious moonbats at the Canadian Press would even dare suggest that the Harper government would have tried to play down the release of a major report warning about serious health effects from climate change. I mean, what’s to hide?
Even though it is not possible to predict the occurrence of individual extreme weather events before the conditions that spawn them form, climate change scenarios project an increased risk of extreme weather and other climate related events (with the exception of extreme cold) for all regions of Canada. More floods are projected to occur in Canadian communities due to an increase in intense precipitation events, while the risk of drought and forest fires is also projected to increase. Many coastal areas will face greater risks from extreme weather events, such as stronger storm surges, and a decrease in the winter sea ice which protects coastlines. Heat waves are very likely to increase in frequency and severity, with the risk of heat related deaths being the greatest in cities due to higher population densities and the urban heat island effect. In addition to increased risks from events that have affected some regions in the past, climate change may also pose threats from climate-related hazards that have not been experienced in a region previously, or have never occurred on a scale that has seriously disrupted a community or impacted human health. Historical experience with natural hazards is often related to levels of preparedness. Therefore, the introduction of new, or more severe hazards into some Canadian communities is a cause for concern about potential impacts on health.
A summary of the report can be downloaded right here, the complete report can be found here (the PDF file is almost 20 Mb), and the website for the report is here. It seems the location of the report was moved just last week.