Impacts of climate change

The North is uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are experiencing significant impacts on infrastructure, traditional ways of living and ecological systems.



In Yukon, scientific research, traditional knowledge, and personal experience all tell us that our climate is changing and Yukon's land, wildlife and people are directly affected in a number of ways:

Changing temperatures

Extreme, unprecedented or unexpected weather events

Melting glaciers

Melting sea ice

Thawing permafrost

Shifting biomes

Areas with distinctive plant and animal species (biomes) are shifting due to climate change. This can mean:

Effects on fresh water sources

While we know climate change affects our water resources, we can’t say with certainty to what extent because many different factors affect the water cycle. We are, however, seeing changes in many areas, including:

More information on Yukon’s water resources from yukonwater.ca.


Additional resources


Contact the Climate Change Secretariat

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

Email: climatechange@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-205) Whitehorse, Yukon Canada Y1A 2C6