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I wonder how quickly this will change as the world warms.
Probably depends on how quickly it actually warms over the long scale. Canad is about 1.5% larger than the U.S. in land area with about 11% of the population of the U.S. there's a lot of room in Canada.
Oh, the comment at the source is funny: "And, of course, Canada has menacingly moved most of its population to within striking distance of the US border."
Sideways thinking, but at school, 45 years ago now, I struggled to stay in the top 5% of the class only because I have colour defected eyesight, that what is most often referred to, erroneously, as colour blindness.I see colours but a lot of them blend when together, especially on a map such as shown.Before the advent of LED traffic lights here in New Zealand a decade or so ago, I would know the red light was red only by it's position, top being red of course.But at night with no reference point, it was hard to fathom which was which, a sure way of developing razor sharp reflexes.Demanding the world caters for the near 10% of the male population regarding their 'colour blindness' is a bit of an ask, so I still suffer silently, a sufferance made all the worse because of my love of cartography.I feel marginally better now for having shared.
Your experience makes me wonder whether children are routinely tested for color perception at an early age or when they begin school.
Most of that blackened area is the Canadian Shield, which, with its shallow soils, is basically useless for agriculture. Hence the lack of population. The Canadian Shield is basically good for mining, trapping, and hunting and fishing lodges. Compare it with the Ukraine, which although equally cold has some of the best soils in the world, which support a large population.