Our climate is already changing, both globally and locally. Here in Edmonton, the climate models project that we will be affected by increasing temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and extreme weather conditions. If you’re in the market for a home update, consider making changes that lower the risks and negative impacts from climate change.
The winters of the past are shifting. We’re already seeing signs of change, as cold temperatures become interrupted by brief periods of warmth with rainfall. The unpredictable nature of the weather can bring icy conditions for walking and for driving, so be extra careful when venturing out.
As we spend this holiday season closer to home, it might be an opportune time to identify and address cold drafts that make your home uncomfortable; loose shingles or railings prone to damage from high winds; and anywhere melting snow and ice water tends to pool. Make a list and an action plan to revisit over the months ahead.
A Tiny Explanation: Climate Change Adaptation is a series of short how-to videos and infographics to help you understand the changes projected for Edmonton and how to prepare your home.
For details about home retrofits to make your home resilient to climate change, visit climateresilienthome.ca.
For details about Edmonton’s changing climate, visit edmonton.ca/climateresilience.