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TitleIndustry
AuthorKovacx, P; Thistlethwaite, J
SourceCanada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation; by Warren, F J (ed.); Lemmen, D S (ed.); 2014 p. 135-158
LinksOnline - En ligne (PDF, 21 MB)
Year2014
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentbook
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital; paper
RelatedThis publication is contained in Warren, F J; Lemmen, D S; (2014). Canada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation
RelatedThis publication is a translation of Kovacx, P; Kovacx, P; Thistlethwaite, J; Thistlethwaite, J; (2014). Industrie, Vivre avec les changements climatiques au Canada : perspectives des secteurs relatives aux impacts et à l'adaptation
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut
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Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500
Subjectsenvironmental geology; Nature and Environment; adaptation; climate effects; climatic fluctuations; climate; economic analyses; modelling; climate change
Illustrationslocation maps; tables
ProgramClimate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program
Abstract(unpublished)
There is relatively little published research describing climate impacts on Canadian industry, or assessing industry's response in terms of adaptation, despite some potentially significant economic implications. The impacts of climate change and the adaptive actions taking place are best documented in the more weather-sensitive industries, such as property insurance and tourism. There are potential opportunities through expanded markets and products for these sectors if they successfully implement adaptive actions. For the industry sector as a whole, available information indicates:
Industrial activity is sensitive to variation in weather and extreme events, with considerable differences in the types and extent of impacts on production, operations, and revenue between and within sectors.
Changes in industry practices have been predominantly reactive, responding to variation in the weather or extreme events, rather than proactive anticipation of future climate change. Examples of adaptation tend to be isolated rather than representative of a clear trend within the sector.
Adaptive actions implemented by industry vary widely by sector, and may be under-reported for strategic reasons. Tourism and insurance could take advantage of potential opportunities through adaptive actions.
There is little published research about indirect impacts of climate change on industry, such as changes associated with consumer demand, supply chains, real estate or other assets, adaptation by other sectors, legal liability or government regulation.
Barriers towards effective adaptation include limited information on local impacts to businesses, uncertainties about the costs and benefits of different adaptive actions, and limited market demand for the implementation of adaptation.
GEOSCAN ID294905