Prioritizing Climate Change Risks

The Treasury Board Secretariat, has asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to examine the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government.

The Question

What are the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government, and their relative significance, and which have the most potential to be minimized by adaptation measures?

Progress Report

The CCA’s Board of Directors has approved the assessment and preliminary background research has begun. The Chair, Expert Panel, and workshop participants, are being identified with guidance from the CCA’s Scientific Advisory Committee and input from its Member Academies ― the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  The final report will be released in 2019.

Background

Climate change is a complex, cross-cutting issue that poses risks to environmental, social, and economic systems. Given the scale of climate change ― in terms of cost, consequences, and the pervasiveness of its impact ― an effective response and the efficient use of public resources require identifying and addressing the most significant risks. This assessment will examine the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government, and their relative significance. The assessment will also consider which of these risks have the most potential to be minimized by adaptation measures.

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