Prepare yourself for climate change, Nobel winner warns - Brockville Recorder and Times - Ontario, CA
Adam Fenech, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, told a crowd of 100 municipal leaders, farmers and conservationists that he believes climate change has an effect on everything, "even crime and love."
Fenech was a member of the team of scientists who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work with the International Panel on Climate Change.
He said current models produced by "the biggest computers in the world" forecast a 2.8- degree Celsius increase in annual mean temperatures by the year 2080 for the biosphere region, which extends from Gananoque to Brockville and north along County Road 42 from Athens to Westport and Parham in Central Frontenac.
For instance, of concern especially for farmers, some computer models project higher amounts of rainfall, while others foresee a decrease, said Fenech.
Meanwhile, the growing season -which has already been lengthened by four days since 1968 -is expected to be another 17 days longer by the end of the century, he said.
For tourist operators, an additional 22 days of warm-weather golfing will be available by the end of the century.
However, that could be offset if the days are too hot, he added.
Thunderstorms and cataclysmic weather events could become more common, he said, noting the frequency of such storms is impossible to predict over time.