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Climate Change in Calgary

Research conducted by scientists notes the Canadian prairies are likely to experience increased temperatures as a result of global climate change. Climate forecasting models suggest summer temperatures in Alberta could warm by 3-5 degrees by 2080. Such changes would have lasting impacts on local ecosystems and quality of life.

Learn more about the possible impacts of climate change in the Calgary area, and what The City of Calgary is doing to reduce its own greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provide support to communities to reduce emissions.

Impacts of climate change

The impact that climate change is predicted to have on Alberta includes:

  • Increase in extreme weather events: droughts, floods, heat waves, tornadoes
  • Increase of forest fires and insect outbreaks
  • Changes in water quality and quantity
  • Loss of native species and biodiversity
  • Decline in air quality

Climate change is one outcome of our ecological footprint, which is the measure of our impact on the environment. To learn more, visit Ecological Footprint in Calgary.

What the City of Calgary is doing about climate change

Calgary Climate Change Accord
In June 2015, Canada's big city mayors made a united call for climate action, including Calgary's Naheed Nenshi. The City of Calgary has committed to developing policies, plans and operations that reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050, based on 2005 levels.

Calgary Community GHG Reduction Plan
In partnership with various stakeholders, we have developed a plan to significantly reduce GHG emissions in Calgary while realizing other environmental, economic and social benefits.

Greenhouse Gas Action Toolkit for Alberta Communities
We led the development of this web-based toolkit that offers a friendly way for municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local level.

Energy and emission-saving initiatives
We provide support information to residents and businesses in Calgary on how to save energy, as well as, undertake our own actions to reduce energy use and emissions.

Adaptation to climate change
We are currently researching the potential impacts and risks, and talking to other municipalities in Canada and abroad that have already implemented a mitigation strategy or climate change action plan. Examples of things these plans can include are:

  • Infrastructure upgrades (flood prevention and mitigation)
  • Residential programs (sewer backflow and downspout disconnection)
  • Health programs (cooling centres, smog alerts, West Nile/Lime disease programs)
  • Other resources and help for vulnerable people