#Yukon temperatures are the highest in 13,600 years
Warming of over 2 degrees Celsius is above the global average and well above the average of the rest of the #Arctic region
@tuxom @OmnaBrain I honestly can't tell if this means I should or should not flee to Yukon to help minimize the impact of the #ClimateCrisis on me and my family. On the one hand: probably food insecurity when trucks from the south eventually stop. On the other hand: possible extended growing season for local farms (plus those long hours of summer sun are already good for crops in the relatively few places they can grow).
I think about this too often.
There was a thing in vox recently about how people rushing to see places before climate change is itself destroying those places, and that's just tourism. Imagine if people perceive the Yukon as the one place to ride out climate change...
But, yes, this is a very real possibility that hadn't occurred to me. We're already going to see an increase in legitimate climate refugees. If those of us with the means to do so try to move to areas we perceive as being "safer," that could just exacerbate problems that already exist (either in those areas or elsewhere as a result of, for example, emissions from planes).
@OmnaBrain @allan On the other hand, I think the north is not something many Canadians (let alone anyone else) really think about. It's something we see on maps, but which isn't "real" for most people. That could change, of course, as things get worse in places like southern Ontario where most Canadians actually live. For now, though, unless you've actually been there and realize that Whitehorse and Yellowknife are actual cities, I think it's an afterthought for most.
I keep telling people that the permafrost melting so rapidly is going to turn into a toxic wasteland not unlike the tailings around our most infamous Faro mine. Mostly in response to 'there's going to be such rich soil up there when the premafrost melts' nonsense. So hopefully that helps reduce the migration a little.
@mpjgregoire @allan I'm no expert (@OmnaBrain probably knows more, since they live in Yukon), but here's the relevant federal government website: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1480019546952/1537554989037
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