Canada’s climate will see temperature increases at double the global average, which is predicted to have drastic effects on the country’s oceans and landscape unless urgent action is taken, scientists are warning in a dire federal report released this afternoon.

The report, the first major study in a federal effort on national climate change assessment, concludes that Canada’s climate has already warmed at double the global rate largely due to human-caused climate change and will continue to warm further.

Under a scenario where global emissions continue at high rates, average Canadian temperatures could increase by as much as 6.3 C by 2100, relative to 2005 levels.

Increased temperatures are predicted to result in greater average annual precipitation, lower ice levels, rising water levels and increased acidification of the oceans.

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