Canadian authorities have declared a state of emergency in the western province of British Columbia following a storm that tore through roads and damaged railways in the region. The Canadian Armed Forces are committed to helping thousands of residents trapped by the storm since midnight Sunday. The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has pledged to help, during his visit to Washington, and has said that the troops will help in the reconstruction.
One woman died as a result of the landslide and two others are missing. Thousands more have been evacuated. Officials in the region have said climate change is to blame for the natural disaster. The impact of climate change on storm frequency is still unclear, but it is known that high sea surface temperatures heat the air above and result in more energy available to trigger hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons.
As a result, they may be more powerful and with more extreme rainfall. The Earth’s temperature has risen by 1.2 degrees Celsius since the beginning of the industrial age, and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments around the world reduce emissions by significant amounts.
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