Climate Prosperity





Our process helps Canada achieve sustainable development solutions that integrate environmental and economic considerations to ensure the lasting prosperity and well-being of our nation.


We rigorously research and conduct high quality analysis on issues of sustainable development. Our thinking is original and thought provoking.


We convene opinion leaders and experts from across Canada around our table to share their knowledge and diverse perspectives. We stimulate debate and integrate polarities. We create a context for possibilities to emerge.


We generate ideas and provide realistic solutions to advise governments, Parliament and Canadians. We proceed with resolve and optimism to bring Canada’s economy and environment closer together.

Degrees of Change: Climate Warming and the Stakes for Canada

December 16, 2010


Degrees of Change: Climate Warming and the Stakes for Canada

Climate Prosperity – Report # 2
Degrees of Change: Climate Warming and the Stakes for Canada is about how Canada will be affected in a climate-changing world. The earth is warming and Canada is already experiencing this change at an even faster rate than other nations. Climate change promises to be both pervasive and pernicious. What will it mean to Canada? How will it impact us? What can we expect?
Forewarned is forearmed. The world is warming and Canada will feel the effects. We need to know what climate impacts are coming so we can adapt and prosper.

Our Process
NRT Process - Research, Convene, Advise

Process Research


Degrees of Change illustrates the expected impacts of a changing climate for Canada and how adapting to these impacts now will be necessary to secure our prosperity in an uncertain climate future. The NRT has developed a uniquely Canadian diagram to illustrate the effects of climate change across eight areas of importance to our country and Canadians. Based on a vast array of published scientific literature, it maps scientifically accepted climate-related impacts, current and projected, to a global temperature scale.

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Process Convene


The Round Table’s Degrees of Change report and diagram integrate scientific information from many disciplines and involved the guidance and assistance of many external experts and reviewers. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) was our partner in presenting the Degrees of Change diagram and related research in the October 2010 issues of Canadian Geographic, Géographica, the Canadian Atlas Online, and to high school students across Canada through a series of lesson plans.

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Process Advise


The centre-piece of our report is a unique Degrees of Change diagram. This diagram illustrates the likely impacts of climate change on our country from today’s levels of warming to over 5 degrees Celsius. To generate a national conversation on the impacts of climate change and potential solutions, the NRT and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) hosted a series of panel discussions with leading Canadian experts.

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