Prioritizing Climate Change Risks

The Treasury Board Secretariat, has asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to examine the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government.

Progress Report

The Expert Panel on Prioritizing Climate Change Risks held its first panel meeting on July 11, 2018. Panel members met over video conference to familiarize themselves with the scope and charge of the assessment, hear from the assessment sponsor, and discuss potential workshop participants. Over the coming months, the Panel will guide CCA staff in the planning for the workshop. The next meeting will take place in early September in Ottawa.

The Question

What are the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government, and their relative significance, and which have the most potential to be minimized by adaptation measures?

Background

Climate change is a complex, cross-cutting issue that poses risks to environmental, social, and economic systems. Given the scale of climate change ― in terms of cost, consequences, and the pervasiveness of its impact ― an effective response and the efficient use of public resources require identifying and addressing the most significant risks. This assessment will examine the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government, and their relative significance. The assessment will also consider which of these risks have the most potential to be minimized by adaptation measures.

Expert Panel

The Chair of the Expert Panel on Prioritizing Climate Change Risks is Dr. L. John Leggat, FCAE, Former Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology, at the Department of National Defence. For a complete list of panel members, visit the Expert Panel page.

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