Website offers climate change forecasts

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Developers of a newly launched website say it allows users to see what global warming could mean for their communities or regions in the decades ahead.

The Climate Atlas of Canada was developed by the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre. It has data on 2,000 towns, cities, and regions. The centre said the warming projections use 25 climate variables, 12 global climate models, and two emission scenarios.

It predicts, for example, that under a high carbon scenario, Calgary will have 44 more frost-free days a year by 2080 while the coldest winter day in Edmonton will, on average, be -28.8 C (versus -35.1 C today).

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