Climate change is affecting Canada’s weather, changing not only the temperature, but also the quality of the air we breathe. Evidence suggests these changes may pose a serious threat to public health, especially for certain vulnerable populations in urban areas. With over 80% of Canadians living in urban settings, there is an urgent need to understand and adapt to the health risks associated with a changing climate. Adaptation and climate resilience is a key pillar of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. SMCC partnered up with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada to present a webinar about innovative research underway to understand these effects and put in place strategies to ensure healthier cities.
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In this webinar, you will learn about:
• Why when it comes to climate change, urban areas feel the heat
• Studies of air quality within Toronto reveal not all neighbourhoods are created equal spelling differences in potential health effects
• How hot is too hot? When it comes to issuing Heat Alerts, the answer may soon depend where you live. Why that’s a good thing.
• Why making new connections between weather, urban form and health is helping cities such as Toronto get ready for the next big heatwave.
1. Jeff Brook
Environment and Climate Change Canada, Air Quality Research Division
2. Abderrahmane Yagouti
Health Canada, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau
3. Dave Henderson
Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health and Air Quality Forecast Services
4. Kate Bassil
Toronto Public Health