More History of Stephen Harpers Climate Change Record | The Health Canada Report Tories Don’t Ever Want You to See

Since we first brought this story to your attention – it was announced this September (2009) that the Conservative Government is cutting off funds to the Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS).

The report – Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity was ever so quietly released on July 31st (2008).

First, publication of this report was apparently delayed for over a year (no doubt, once apprised of its contents bureaucrats decided further “study” was required). Then, a Canadian tour to promote the report was cancelled (no doubt, scheduling conflicts). Once the report was “ready” it was released quietly, without fanfare. One of the authors of chapter 8 had had to kick & scream to get this report released to the public. A similar fate befell another major climate-change study released earlier this year by Natural Resources Canada. (below) After years of research, input from more than 140 experts and $50,000 paid to a public-relations firm to plan its release, Natural Resources posted their study online after 5 p.m. on a Friday with no flourish.

This health report was a follow up to the NRCAN (Natural Resources Canada) climate change impact assessment: From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007.

In the news: Tories Try to Hide Health Canada Report That Urges Action on Climate Change:

This report is still not posted on the government website. Rather, it is only available through email upon request:

To simplify matters, here it is:

Here is the whole thing as one 9 megabyte PDF: Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity.

From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007

From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007 reflects the advances made in understanding Canada’s vulnerability to climate change during the past decade. Through a primarily regional approach, this assessment discusses current and future risks and opportunities that climate change presents to Canada, with a focus on human and managed systems. It is based on a critical analysis of existing knowledge, drawn from the published scientific and technical literature and from expert knowledge. The current state of understanding is presented, and key knowledge gaps are identified. Advances in understanding adaptation, as well as examples of recent and ongoing adaptation initiatives, are highlighted throughout the report.

The assessment team involved experts from across the country, acting as advisory committee members, authors and editors. The completed report consists of eleven chapters.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Background Information
Chapter 3: Northern Canada
Chapter 4: Atlantic Canada
Chapter 5: Quebec
Chapter 6: Ontario
Chapter 7: Prairies
Chapter 8: British Columbia
Chapter 9: Canada in an International Context
Chapter 10: Moving Forward on Adaptation

Download [PDF, 19.7 Mb, viewer] the full report, 448 pages.


~ by Cory Morningstar on September 19, 2009.

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