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    ACT Releases First Book - The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer

    ACT Releases First Book – The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer

    ACT is proud and delighted to announce the release of its first book – The Columbia River Treaty, A Primer, published by Rocky Mountain Books – a vital work that clearly explains the nature of this complex water agreement between Canada and the United States and how its impending update will impact communities, landscapes, industry [...]

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    Innovative Tools and Planning Methodologies Showcase Announced for the 2014 Rising Seas Summit

    Innovative Tools and Planning Methodologies Showcase Announced for the 2014 Rising Seas Summit

      Over 40 Speakers & 60 Participant Organizations Already Confirmed The draft program agenda for the 2014 Rising Seas Summit is now published at http://www.risingseassummit.org/agenda.html   When: September 24-26, 2014 Where: New York City Innovative Tools and Planning Methodologies Showcase Announced Presenters from the National Climate Assessment, Climate Central, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and [...]

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    WEBINAR on key findings from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: now available online

    Dr. Stewart J. Cohen, Senior Researcher, Climate Research Division, Environment Canada, presented key findings from the Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. This webinar is now available online. This webinar was delivered jointly by ICLEI Canada and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) at Simon Fraser University. The [...]

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    CBC News: Extreme weather is the new normal

    CBC News: Extreme weather is the new normal

    CBC reports that climate specialists are calling for a national strategy to help Canadians prepare for extreme weather. View the short video here. The CBC report includes interviews with Bob Sandford, ACT Water Governance author and senior water policy adviser, and Dr. Gordon McBean, Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Co-Principal Investigator [...]

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    CLIMATE CENTRAL: 2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past

    CLIMATE CENTRAL: 2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past

    A surge of Arctic air has left much of the continental U.S. shivering in unusually bitter November cold. But this early foray into winter weather is just a small blip in the overall global picture, which is of a warming world that is still on track to see 2014 set the mark for hottest year on [...]

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    Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice

    Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice

    Are you looking for compelling and accessible resources about climate change? We’ve recently published a book called Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice (2014, University of Toronto Press).  In it, we present climate change as both a scientific and a public policy issue, exploring the connections between climate change and major social concerns, such as human health, poverty, [...]

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    The genesis of climate change activism: from key beliefs to political action

    The genesis of climate change activism: from key beliefs to political action

    Abstract Climate change activism has been uncommon in the U.S., but a growing national movement is pressing for a political response. To assess the cognitive and affective precursors of climate activism, we hypothesize and test a two-stage information-processing model based on social cognitive theory. In stage 1, expectations about climate change outcomes and perceived collective [...]

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    The New Climate Economy: Better Growth Better Climate

    The New Climate Economy: Better Growth Better Climate

    A new pathway for economic policy. Countries at all income levels have the opportunity to build lasting economic growth and at the same time reduce the immense risk of climate change. But action is needed now.     The GLOBAL COMMISSION, advised by some of the WORLD’S LEADING ECONOMISTS, sets out a ten point GLOBAL [...]

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    ACT ED Spoke at Rising Seas Summit

    ACT ED Spoke at Rising Seas Summit

    ACT’s ED Deborah Harford presented at the Rising Seas Summit today. The inaugural Rising Seas Summit is bringing more than 170 professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats [...]

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    50 Canadian climate researchers speak out in support of the People's Climate March

    50 Canadian climate researchers speak out in support of the People’s Climate March

    Canada is failing to meet its carbon pollution reduction targets, and its climate researchers are calling for a change. An open cast mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, used to extract oil from the Athabasca tar sands fields, which are preventing Canada from reducing its carbon pollution. Photograph: Emily Beament/PA The Canadian government is hell-bent on [...]

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    PICS: NEW GRIDDED HYDROLOGIC MODEL OUTPUT PORTAL PAGE

    PICS: NEW GRIDDED HYDROLOGIC MODEL OUTPUT PORTAL PAGE

    Figure: The user interface of the Gridded Hydrologic Model Output Portal Page. In 2012, PCIC launched its Data Portal with the BC Station Data Page, which makes observations from more than 6000 stations available to the public. In the two years since, PCIC expanded our Data Portal, with a High-Resolution PRISM Climatology Page and a Statistically Downscaled Climate Scenarios Page. Now we are expanding [...]

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    Naomi Klein says this changes everything: CBC Feature

    Naomi Klein says this changes everything: CBC Feature

    Photo by Ed Kashi Listen An existential crisis for the human species, a clear and present danger to civilization, a death sentence for the planet, a weapon of mass destruction: these are just some of the phrases you will find in Naomi Klein‘s new book,This Changes Everything. The book is a wake-up call about the state of [...]

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