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Disaster Mitigation and Insurance: The Role of Forests in Mitigating Extreme Weather Events

Disaster Mitigation and Insurance: The Role of Forests in Mitigating Extreme Weather Events

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Our natural landscapes have a powerful ability to address climate change, with forests in particular playing an important role. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change, from the atmosphere and use the carbon to build their trunks, branches, and roots, releasing oxygen as a by-product. While most climate change mitigation efforts focus on reducing carbon emissions, trees actually remove carbon from the air. In addition to playing a proactive role in addressing climate change via carbon sequestration, forests also mitigate the associated impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather.

Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen was invited to speak to the role our forests play in mitigating climate change-related disasters to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on June, 2019. This briefing report was created to support the presentation, and affirms that afforestation combined with sustainable forest management is the most straightforward thing we can do to reduce the risks associated with climate change. As opposed to simply reducing our carbon emissions, these activities provide an opportunity to contribute to the net removal of carbon in our atmosphere. Tree planting specifically has the potential to significantly mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events and natural disturbances associated with climate change, most notably flooding and extreme heat.

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2018: Le changement climatique

2018: Le changement climatique

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Le changement climatique se caractérise par une altération des phénomènes climatiques mondiaux ou régionaux.
On prévoit actuellement que, d’ici 2050, les températures moyennes augmenteront de 2,5 °C à 3,7 °C. Il est indispensable que les pays unissent leurs forces pour combattre la hausse de température. Si personne n’intervient, les pays du monde entier subiront, entre autres, une dégradation des réserves en eau, une réduction de la biodiversité, ainsi que des menaces contre la santé humaine à cause du smog et de l’intensité des maladies.

Bien que le changement climatique laisse présager d’importants défis, il donne aussi l‘occasion de faire preuve d’innovation et de résolution créative de problèmes. Le Canada a le potentiel de devenir un chef de file mondial dans la lutte contre le changement climatique grâce à l’expansion de l’économie verte mondiale et à l’accroissement de l’intérêt public.

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