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wildfire near trans-canada highwayThe Globe and Mail, July 8, 2021: In light of this summer’s tragedies, Ottawa must show more urgency in adapting to climate change

There is further potential value, Ms. McKenna suggested, in attempting to reckon with various potential scenarios depending on how much temperatures rise, and developing practical potential responses to them.

But the patient work that Ottawa wants to put into planning is a “double-edged sword,” as Blair Feltmate, who heads the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, and previously chaired a federal expert panel on the subject, puts it. Long-term strategy is needed, but it can’t mean delaying any action at all.

Wildfires in BC burning forest and creating smokeGlobal News, July 6, 2021: ‘I am concerned.’ B.C. wildfires could lead to higher home insurance rates

And “as risk increases, (insurance) premiums will increase,” says Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.

Most of the work on the relationship between extreme weather events linked to climate change and home insurance premium is about flooding, Feltmate says. Over the past five years, home insurance premiums have increased by about 20 to 25 per cent, with 60 percent of that increase is due to residential flooding, he adds.

The McKay Creek fire in British ColumbiaGlobal News, July 1, 2021: B.C.’s heat wave and fires were driven by climate change, and they won’t be the last. What must we do next?

Utilities, public transport authorities, freight railways and others are beginning to consider how extreme heat will affect Canada’s power grids, transportation networks and other infrastructure. But “I don’t think it’s been a huge focus of adaptation up until recently,” said Joanna Eyquem, managing director of climate-resilient infrastructure at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. The federal government recently launched the National Infrastructure Assessment, an initiative intended to support increasing the resilience of infrastructure across the country to climate change (the public engagement process ended June 30). Extreme heat impacts are among the issues to be considered.

Grey car hydroplaning and splashing water as it drivesKitchener Today, June 26, 2021: UW Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation shares residential basement flood prevention tips

Aiming to help local residents avoid the “psychological stress” of a flooded basement, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation has assembled several home flood protection tips – ranging from low cost DIY maintenance to serious contractor upgrades.

Dr. Blair Feltmate is the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, and calls residential basement flooding the “number one cost” due to climate change in Canada “by far”, while also being one of the most easily solved challenges.

Rise, June 8, 2021: Home Resilience and Flood Risks: An In-Depth Interview

Weather events — drought, flood, fire, extreme heat, windstorms — are more powerful, more frequent, and do more damage to homes and communities today than they did in the past. The costliest culprit is flooding. “When it comes to climate change and expressions of extreme weather risk, the most expensive and the event that wreaks the most havoc is water,” says Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Last Updated: July 9, 2021 @2:37PM

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