Climate Change

Climate change impacts

Changes in the climate and the landscape are already affecting northerners. The climate change impacts identified in the 2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework (Appendix B) are outlined below:

  • Changes to climate and weater
  • Thawing permafrost
  • Changes to water quality and quantity
  • Changes to forests and tundra vegetation
  • Changes to wildlife
  • Changes to freshwater fish and marine mammals
  • Human health
    • Potential negative impacts on physical human health
    • Negative impacts on food security and mental, social and cultural well-being
    • Potentially new opportunities for growing local food
  • Public safety
  • Culture and heritage
  • Infrastructure