A University of New Brunswick researcher has been appointed to a federal panel on climate change to look at how our country is dealing with the warming planet.
Louise Comeau is the director of the environment and sustainable development centre at UNB and she says it’s about learning where our new risks are going to be and then preparing for it.
“We’re seeing more storm surge and potential effects on our drinking water systems from what they call storm water instrusion, ” says Comeau, “so, whether it’s on the ground or from the air, water is going to be one of the biggest ways I think we experience climate change in New Brunswick.
The federal panel is called the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results and it is going to make recommendations in the spring of next year on how federal, provincial and territorial levels are doing in their efforts to build up Canada’s resilience to climate change.
“What we’re hoping is our proposals for how to track progress on whether the country is improving its ability to adapt to climate change is adopted, and that they will use those indicators to track changes over time,” says Comeau.