April 22, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has added a section to its climate change website to explain what New Brunswick is doing to adapt to climate change and what residents can do to adapt.
"This new section of the Department of Environment's climate change website provides information to New Brunswickers about what the province is doing to adapt to climate change and what residents can do as well," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "By taking action, we can adapt to the unavoidable effects that climate change will have on our communities and ecosystems."
The adaptation section includes an interactive map that provides information about areas at risk of flooding or prone to flooding. There is also a site for students to learn about climate change and what actions they can take to adapt.
The Department of Environment developed the map in collaboration with Service New Brunswick and the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization.
Some tips for adapting to a changing climate include:
"New Brunswick is a leader in Atlantic Canada when it comes to climate change adaptation strategies," said Miles. "The government is proud to work with individuals, businesses, communities and other governments to assess and manage the risks and opportunities of New Brunswick's climate changes."
The department created the climate change website in 2009 to provide information about reducing greenhouse gases, adapting to climate change and involving stakeholders and the public.
The province launched the five-year New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan 2007-2012 in June 2007. As a result of New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse gases will be reduced in the province by 5.5 Mt annually in 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse gases to 1990 levels in 2012.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.