The long-standing, all-time national heat record for Canada was smashed on June 27, 2021 when the temperature reached 46.6°C (116°F) in Lytton, BC. The previous record of 44.4°C was set in July 1941.
Climate scientists, including Western University’s Gordon McBean, have projected that the heatwave that previously occurred once every two decades will occur every three to five years by 2050.
McBean, Western geography and environment professor emeritus, is available to media for comment.
“Heatwaves will occur more often in the future as climate warming increases, due to increased greenhouse gas emissions,” said McBean. “The impacts on humans and ecosystems will be greater than ever due to climate action failure. We’re not reducing emissions fast enough and we’re not building climate resilient communities.”
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McBean is a long-standing contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007.
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