|Author||Kovacx, P; Thistlethwaite, J|
|Source||Canada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation; by Warren, F J (ed.); Lemmen, D S (ed.); 2014 p. 135-158|
|Links||Online - En ligne (PDF, 21 MB)|
|Publisher||Natural Resources Canada|
|Media||on-line; digital; paper|
|Related||This publication is contained in Warren, F J; Lemmen, D S;
(2014). Canada in a changing climate: sector perspectives on impacts and adaptation|
|Related||This 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|
|Province||British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut|
|NTS||1; 2; 3; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 52; 53; 54; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 62; 63; 64; 65;
66; 67; 68; 69; 72; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 82; 83; 84; 85; 86; 87; 88; 89; 92; 93; 94; 95; 96; 97; 98; 99; 102; 103; 104; 105; 106; 107; 114O; 114P; 115; 116; 117; 120; 340; 560|
|Lat/Long WENS||-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500|
|Subjects||environmental geology; Nature and Environment; adaptation; climate effects; climatic fluctuations; climate; economic analyses; modelling; climate change|
|Illustrations||location maps; tables|
|Program||Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
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.