Climate change is a long-term shift in weather conditions. It is measured by changes in indicators like temperature, precipitation (snow, rain), and wind. Climate change includes changes in both average and extreme conditions. It can be the result of natural processes and/or human activity. Nova Scotia is particularly susceptible to climate change because most of our population lives along the coastline, and much of our infrastructure is located in vulnerable areas.
What does climate change mean for Nova Scotia?
- Warmer, wetter winters
- Hotter, drier summers
- Change in nature of precipitation – more floods and more droughts
- More-frequent extreme storms
- Rising sea levels
- Accelerated coastal erosion