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HUMAN ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION IN QUEBEC

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How Do The Environment Affect Quebec?
climate change
Making built environment vulnerable to climate events
Coastal rip rap & breakwaters in eastern Quebec
Requiring the need of refurbishing the infrastructures

Environment Challenges in
especially during winter (snow, temperature)
low average temp
climate change
Climate Change Action Plan 2006-2012
Greenhouse gas emission increased by 3.8% in Quebec 1900-2007
2009 23 nov. pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
catastrophic climate
humid continental south of 50th parallel
subarctic between 50th & 58th parallel
forest taiga tundra
mostly tundra, boreal forest
unfit for agriculture
temperature variations
due to climate changes flooding melting permafrost shoreline erosion warmer temp
climate changes
Climate Change Action Plan
due to climate changes flooding melting permafrost shoreline erosion warmer temp
Brief Facts of Quebec
Area of 1667441km²
Canadian Shields (hills, forests, lakes)
Northernmost-Tundra, permafrost,
Farther South- Boreal Forest
Population of 8.18 million (Jan, 2014)
The second most populous province of Canada
Largest province in terms of area
82% of population concentrated in the South (along the St.Lawrence River)
Others scattered around, depending on natural resources
GDP more than $358 billion (2014)
GDP per Capita about $44286
Diversified economy (mostly relies on exports)
Exports $147.6 billion (exporting aluminum, airplanes, paper, copper and alloys, mostly to U.S, U.K, France, Germany)
Abundance of natural resources
Primary sectors such as agriculture, fishery, forestry are not popular due to the climate
electricity production-96% water generated
How Do We Depend, Adapt and Modify the Environment?
Natural resources: aluminum, copper..etc
Hydroelectricity
Mining
Resource Transformation
St.Lawrence Seaway
Agriculture
Forestry
Hydroelectricity
Canada's leading producer
employs 46 000 people
Government owned Hydro-Quebec has virtual monopoly (on the generation, transmission, distribution of electricity)
Human
Environment
CONCEPTS
St.Lawrence Seaway :
a system of locks, canals and channels that permits ocean-going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes
Human social system:
different types of society influences and differs their behaviour and impact towards the environment
Coevolution/Coadaptation:
neverending procedure of mutual adjustments
Driving forces-Pressure-State-Impact-Response:
a causal framework for describing the interactions between society and the environment
Kyoto Protocol:
an international agreement to reduce the Greenhouse gas emission to certain point whcih was drafted by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992


HUMAN ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION IN QUEBEC
THANK YOU!
Seung Joo Park, Geography 12

The Palm Islands, Dubai
a man made archipelago
Human Environment Interaction?
DEPEND ON
ECONOMY
Agriculture
Rich and arable soils in St. Lawrence River Valley
daily products, fruits, vegetables, maple syrup
Forestry
St.Lawrence River Valley
pulp, paper, lumber
in total $18billion
Mining
approx 30 minerals mined
iron, gold, nickel, titanium, zinc, copper, silver
The Regional Adaptation Collaborative
series of projects aimed at advancing adaptation decision
Built environment in northern Quebec
St.Lawrence Seaway 1890s
system of locks, canals, channels that permits vessels to go to the ocean
Atlantic ocean to the western end of Lake Superior
Infrastructure modification due to climate changes
Although UN's recent attempt to ratify the extensions of the Kyoto Protocal failed, Quebec adapted a green plan in order to meet its objectives in 2006.
Fun fact

some people believe that Global Warming isn't happening,!
Senator James Inhofe commented on the cspiracy theory, "With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science, could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people?"
meling Glaciers can no longer be used as an evidence to global warming
Quiz
Some human activities bring negative effects to the environment
True or False
What was the
objective
of the
Kyoto Protocol?
Has it been successful?

Was it kept
WELL
?
Some species, like panda and blue whale are endangered to become extinct
True or False
Environment challenges our lives through
a) cognated precipitation
b) tornaedo
c) providing habitat
d) providing vitamin A
Quebec
sink hole
FIN
CITATIONS
Quebec. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2014 . :http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/quebec/ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/quebec-city/
Quebec. (2014, September 20). Retrieved September 22, 2014.

Natural Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2014. :http://www.gouv.qc.ca/portail/quebec/pgs/commun/portrait/economie/ressources-naturelles/?lang=en

The Seaway. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2014.
http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/seaway/history/

Kyoto Protocol's Shortcomings. (n.d.). Retrieved September 22, 2014.

Canada and the Kyoto Protocol. (2014, August 24). Retrieved September 22, 2014.
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