Category Archives: Climate Change

Man-made wetlands can solve flooding, drought problems

February 6, Saskatoon StarPhoenix:

Prairie municipalities preparing for a hotter future, with increasing spring floods and summer drought, need to invest in “green infrastructure” the head of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre says.

“Green infrastructure is the ability of the landscape, if well managed, to absorb the shocks of climate change, both flood and drought … Investment in green infrastructure is a critical form of climate adaptation,” said Hank Venema, an environmental system engineer who head the Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg. Read more.

The dam truth: Climate change means more Lake Orovilles

February 16, Grist:

Just two years ago, Lake Oroville was so dry that submerged archaeological artifacts were starting to resurface. That was in the middle of California’s epic drought — the worst in more than a millennium.

And then the rains came. This winter is on track to become Northern California’s soggiest on record. A key precipitation index is running more than a month ahead of the previous record pace, set in the winter of 1982–1983 (records go back to 1895). Lake Oroville is so full that it spilled over for the first time, spurring evacuations downstream. Read more.

Kitesurfers brave December waters

One group of brave Manitobans deemed the relatively balmly early December conditions warm enough to kitesurf on Saturday.

Neil MacKinnon, 61, was part of a six-person group that spread out between Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg to enjoy the day’s -2 C temperature on the water.

MacKinnon said the date was by far the latest of the calendar year that he’s personally ventured out to enjoy the sport, though no one officially tracks how late Manitobans have kitesurfed in our province in the past.

“It was quite an experience. I wouldn’t recommend it and I wouldn’t have missed it,” said MacKinnon, who stopped kitesurfing on Nov. 6 last year.

On the plus side, MacKinnon said he found each blast of cold water to the face on “exhilarating,” as was a jump that reached 14.9 feet over Lake Winnipeg, according to his measurement app. On the down side, wet and icy gear proved difficult. Read more.