Political leadership on Climate Change

After the disaster of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg of New York commissioned a study of the effects of climate change on the City. The Study, now just released, is entitled “A Stronger, More Resilient New York”. The Study recommends spending $19.5 billion dollars to reduce the effects of a potential re-occurrence of a climate-change enhanced hurricane.   The reaction to Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership has been favourable, although commentators recognize that New York needs financial support from other levels of Government.

Admittedly Toronto will not have to face the consequences of extreme weather events such as New York has experienced.  So this blog compares attitudes of Toronto municipal politicians towards adaptation to climate change with the vision of Mayor Bloomberg.

Several years ago the City of Toronto commissioned its own study prepared by Senes Consultants Limited at a cost of $250, 000.  Completed in December 2011, the Weather and Climate Driver Study has been on the agenda of various civic committees.

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What is “normal” in a time of climate change?

The Toronto Globe and Mail (January 22) carried an interesting article under the title “What’s ‘Normal’ nowadays?” The article explains that Environment Canada is adjusting benchmarks to reflect a rapidly changing climate.  As we said in our comment “Paris in January”, all countries will have to get used to a new “normal” in weather patterns.  … Read more