Extreme weather events can significantly impact the province's infrastructure. Hurricane Igor was a stark example of this in 2010. At its peak, Igor isolated 150 communities from critical transportation routes and affected electricity to an estimated 70,000 people. According to Environment Canada, Igor was the most damaging storm to hit Newfoundland and Labrador in the modern era; it caused over $200 million in damages across the province. While no single storm can be directly attributed to climate change, rising temperatures are expected to create more ideal conditions for storms that are more frequent and more intense.
This application was created by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. It is designed to provide a broad overview of how climate change is impacting Newfoundland and Labrador, and facilitate meeting curriculum outcomes for the high school course Environmental Science 3205.