Alberta’s future looks hotter, drier
By The Canadian Press
Aug. 27, 2013, Edmonton, AB - A new report says Alberta's future climate will be hotter and drier.
The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute says that over the coming decades, grasslands will take over forests and forests will take over wetlands as all the province's ecological regions shift north.
Temperatures will average between two and four degrees warmer, which means that heavier rain and snowfall will simply evaporate away.
Report author Rick Schneider says even though the effects of climate change won't show up for years to come, Albertans need to start planning now.
He says the Alberta that everyone knows today is on its way out.
The institute is an arm's length scientific agency funded by government, industry and levies on industrial carbon emissions.