Professor Lance Lesack of Simon Fraser University in Canada says that over the past 30 years, the 45,000 lakes in the Mackenzie Delta in Canada’s Northwest Territories have experienced an average of a 60% rise in water levels. Professor Lesack attributes the rise to the extra water created by Artic sea ice melting, which subsequently gets washed ashore in high-velocity storm winds
Dr. Lesack’s team has also been studying the region’s permafrost, a layer of soil that is now thawing, causing the release of carbon dioxide and methane gas. At a recent climate change conference in Vancouver, Liberal Party Leader Stéphane Dion spoke about the highly potent methane, a greenhouse gas resulting from human consumption of meat produced by the livestock industry.
Mr. Stéphane Dion, Liberal Party Leader of Canada: These animals that we are eating are sending a lot of methane into the atmosphere, and methane is much more a greenhouse gas than CO2.
There are different ways to cap the methane, but at the end of the day, we need to change our behavior a bit and to choose a veggie (vegan) pizza instead.
Mr. Dion also affirmed the climate change measures that could be taken on the part of governments.
Mr. Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada: A good environmental policy must focus on clean air, clean water, on a natural environment that we need to protect and you see that here, the toxins that are affecting our health, we need to remove them from the market and climate change.