Simon Fraser University, Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT)
[From a Greenwire article by Christa Marshall, sub. req'd] …The analysis from Simon Fraser University concludes that the country is unprepared for challenges such as the contamination of water supplies because of waterborne pathogens and the merging of saltwater or landfill waste with fresh water in flood-prone areas. In particular, the report focuses on looming freshwater scarcity in dry regions.
On paper, Canada is one of the most water-rich nations in the world, having between 5.6% to 20% of the world’s fresh water supply, depending upon whether it is measured as usable or merely existing. measured. Canadians, however, use more water per person, than anyone else in the world outside the U.S. According to the report, there are large voids in Canada’s measure and uses of its supplies. For example, it does not know its overall amount of groundwater, with 80 percent of potential supplies remaining unmapped, the report says…