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What is Climate Change?

Climate change is a change in the average weather that a given region experiences. Climate change on a global scale includes changes to temperature, shifts in wind patterns, and changes to precipitation.

According to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2004) icon image - this is a link to a new page many climate change impacts are already being observed in the North. The assessment noted that:

Environment Canada icon image - this is a link to a new page reports that Canada's average temperature has risen about 1 degree Celsius between 1950 and 2000. Winter temperatures in Alaska and western Canada (including Yukon) have increased by as much as 3-4 degrees Celsius in the same time period.

The Yukon Government Climate Change Action Plan is based on a common understanding that climate change is happening, that human behaviour is a contributor, and that a coordinated response is needed.


For additional information view Appendix 1 of the Climate Change Action Plan icon image - this is a pdf file 2.2 MB.



Climate Change Secretariat

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-205)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-456-5544
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5544
Fax: 867-456-5543

Email: ClimateChange@gov.yk.ca



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