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Climate change results in rainier Vancouver spring

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To put these in context, the devastation of New Orleans by Katrina cost the USA less than one percent of GDP. The tar sands provide about two percent of Canadian GDP.

We have already managed to significantly change how it rains on our planet with less than one degree C warming so far. The sponge is going to get a whole lot bigger on the fossil fuel path we are heading down. The weather system is going to get a lot more energetic.

Tar sands, fracking and coal mining all increase rainfall and the energy in our weather. Sad, but true. If we choose to keep expanding these industries we are also choosing to leave the world a rainier and more dangerous place for our kids.

Personally, I wish we would all try something more hopeful -- and soon.


Note: In my chart and calculations I used Environment Canada rainfall data for the official Vancouver weather station at YVR. Climate trends are usually based on 30 year averages. I compared the average rainfall for earliest three decades in the records (1940's, 1950's and 1960's) to the most recent 30 years.

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