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Climate Change and Manitoba

Climate change is affecting the way we live and farm in Manitoba. 

 
Current Climate Observations and Projections for the Future:
·         Increases in daily minimum temperatures
·         Warmer winter months
·         More variable precipitation
·         More frequent extreme events such as flooding and drought
 
Potential Impacts
·         Northward shifting of ecosystems
·         Decreased heating costs
·         Increased cooling costs
·         Longer growing season
·         New pest and disease problems
 
Sources of Greenhouse Gases
Sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Manitoba are somewhat different from other Canadian provinces because Manitoba does not have many large industrial point source emitters.  This is reflected in the national estimates of GHG emissions.  In 2011, Manitoba’s share of Canada’s GHG emissions was less than 3%. 
 
Manitoba’s agricultural sector contributes less than 1% of the nation's GHG emissions.  However, the agriculture sector makes a large contribution to Manitoba’s total GHG emissions. In 2011 the agriculture sector was responsible for approximately 30% of the province's emissions, second to the energy sector which contributed approximately 62% (National Inventory Report 1990-2011: Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada).
 
Actions Being Taken
Work is underway to mitigate GHG emissions across all sectors of Manitoba’s economy, including the agriculture sector.  At the same time, Manitoba is investing in ways to adapt to the changes in climate already being felt.
 

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