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Here's how Quebec must adapt to survive climate change

Here's how Quebec must adapt to survive climate change

If Quebec wants to survive climate change, it will have to accelerate protection of the 30% of land and water on its territory and quickly update Quebec's building code to take climate change into account.

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Here are two of the approaches suggested by the Expert Group on Adaptation to Climate Change (GEA), which is announcing its report on Tuesday morning.

Established on September 26 by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change Control, Wildlife and Parks, GEA was responsible for advising the Government of Quebec on priorities to be promoted in collective actions administered by the State of Quebec.

Dozens of meetings have been held over the past few years with experts from various disciplines by the co-chairs, Alan Burke, director of Uranus, and Alan Webster, chair of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change, and the other 12 members in order to guide future decisions.

“The climate will change,” said Webster, the University of Sherbrooke professor, and all major government projects will have to take that into account. Dams, infrastructure and roads will be affected by rising temperatures, even in the most optimistic scenarios.

Mr. Burke emphasized that every dollar invested in climate change adaptation could save $15 in the future.

More information to come.