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Recent IISD report calls for climate-resilient infrastructure in Canada [free access]

July 15, 2021

A recent report published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) —an independent think tank—emphasises on how Canada should act fast to protect critical infrastructure from climate breakdown by building resilient ports, power grids, bridges, etc.

 

Solutions, such as building seawalls to guard against storm surges or burying power lines to protect them from ice storms, are already available, but the report highlights that a major problem is scaling the country’s ability to address the widespread challenges.

 

The report notes that Canada’s infrastructure deficit ranges from USD150 billion to USD1 trillion, which implies that to meet the country’s infrastructure needs, the financing requirements will have to be met. Furthermore, it has been highlighted that Canada requires a climate-resilient assessment of its upcoming infrastructure, which should be planned based on future climate change projections.