NEIA applauds province’s release of climate change projections

For Immediate Release
June 13, 2013

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is applauding the provincial government’s initiative in the collection, analysis, and release of climate change data and projections for the province.

“In order to ensure we are addressing climate change issues in Newfoundland and Labrador most effectively, it is critical we know where we are in terms of our impact,” said Ted Lomond, Executive Director of NEIA. “Tracking and benchmarking this data is the first step in ensuring our path forward is the most efficient and impactful it can be.”

The Minister responsible for the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading, Hon. Tom Hedderson, unveiled the projections today. The study downscales four internationally recognized global models to develop the projections for every 50km2 in the province.

“The availability of this data will enable individuals, firms, organizations, and government to make evidence-informed decisions when it comes to how we interact with our natural environment,” said Lomond. “The changing climate will require that we as a province are better prepared for conditions of the future, which means a greater demand in environmental products and services.”

“The release of this data presents an opportunity for us all to make a difference and combat climate change.”

NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the environmental industry in this province. It is Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier resource for the industry offering a diverse range of expert knowledge and services in the business of mitigating and minimizing environmental damage for the protection and enhancement of the environment for present and future generations. NEIA has over 140 members.

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