posted on 1:17 PM, January 11, 2017
Climate change poses challenges for BC’s natural resource sectors, including the mining sector. Extreme weather events such as heavy precipitation, flood, fire or drought can trigger changes in soil or slope stability. This can pose risks at both open and closed mines: for the integrity of buildings, water retention structures and tailing ponds, site access, worker safety and transportation networks. Changes in hydrology may also diminish water supply in summer months.
There is growing recognition in the mining industry of the need to access the best climate change trends available by region, evaluate the risks, and weigh adaptation options. BC RAC aims to support mining sector leaders and decision-makers in planning for climate change adaptation. The program is supporting new research and dialogue within the industry, and collaboration across sectors on common issues.
BC RAC project highlights
You can also explore a great selection of mining sector resources on the ReTooling website.