Climate change could significantly affect Yukon's landscape — and people — in 50 years, report states


Yukon could see much warmer winters, more precipitation and treelines moving to higher latitudes because of climate change, according to a new report out of Yukon University. 

Drawing on research since 2015, when the university last conducted a literature review on the issue, the report states temperatures in the territory could jump between 0.7 to 3.7 degrees in the next 50 years, enough to drastically alter ways of life.

“The major climate change hazards in the Yukon are flood, wildfire, damage to infrastructure from thawing permafrost, and/or extreme precipitation,” states the report, noting that infrastructure not built with climate in mind is vulnerable. 

Annual precipitation is projected to increase from 13 to 17 per cent over the next

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