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    Municipalities need to plan for climate change

    Municipalities need to plan for climate change

    In a new article from the CBC, an Environment Canada climatologist says that municipalities need to plan better for long-term impacts of climate change. Municipal infrastructure takes a hit from more extreme and frequent weather events as well as from “weather whiplash”- when weather changes drastically from one season to the next. Effects from this [...]

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    The Problem with Saving the World

    The Problem with Saving the World

    The United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are about to replace the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are getting a lot of hate these days.The real problem is that the SDGs are profoundly contradictory, to the point of being self-defeating. On the one hand, the preamble affirms that “planet Earth and its ecosystems [...]

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    Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

    Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

    Local governments in Canada are on the front lines of climate change impacts, but the cost of adapting infrastructure to flooding and other climate-driven challenges is a barrier to implementation. This report, developed by ACT through a project supported by Natural Resources Canada under the program of the Economics Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform [...]

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    Climate change looms as major threat to key B.C. industries

    Climate change looms as major threat to key B.C. industries

    Forestry, fisheries, tourism and agriculture will be among the hardest hit, say B.C.-based researchers Throughout 2015, Business in Vancouver will examine the effects of climate change on the province’s economy. From forestry to tourism to power generation and infrastructure planning, the forecast trend toward higher temperatures will have an impact on many of the industries that have [...]

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    13 Mind-Blowing Images of Landfills Around the World Show the True Cost of Our Waste

    13 Mind-Blowing Images of Landfills Around the World Show the True Cost of Our Waste

    Every year, the world produces more than two billion tons of waste — enough to fill a fleet of trash trucks to circle the world 24 times, according to sustainability project the World Counts. The World Bank estimates the yearly global cost of dealing with waste is more than $200 billion and predicts annual waste will exceed 11 million tons [...]

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    Upcoming Webinar: Assessing Climate Change Risks to Build a Resilient Energy Sector

    Check out the following webinar, offered by The Adaptation Platform: Thursday, September 17, 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET Assessing Climate Change Risks to Build a Resilient Energy Sector Project Results from Toronto’s Distribution Infrastructure, Ontario’s Transmission System and the Oil & Gas Sector in Northeastern British Columbia. Poster           Registration Presentations include: Toronto [...]

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    Revealed: Canadian government spent millions on secret tar sands advocacy

    Revealed: Canadian government spent millions on secret tar sands advocacy

    Conservative government used public money on outreach campaign to counter criticism of controversial Alberta tar sands. Canada’s Conservative government spent several million dollars on a tar sands advocacy fund as its push to export the oil faltered, documents reveal. In its 2013 budget, the government invested $30 million over two years on public relations advertising [...]

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    Cost of inaction on climate change: $44 trillion

    Cost of inaction on climate change: $44 trillion

    According to new research from Citigroup, the cost of doing nothing on climate change could be up to $44 trillion worldwide by the year 2060. “What we’re trying to do is to take an objective view at the economics of this situation and actually look at what the costs of not acting are, if the [...]

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    Join the David Suzuki Foundation: VOTE to protect the people and places you love

    Join the David Suzuki Foundation: VOTE to protect the people and places you love

    On October 19, voting is the most important thing you can do to protect the people and places you love. Send a strong message to all federal candidates that you are committed to voting for bold leadership that recognizes our right to live in a healthy environment and helps me protect the people and places we all [...]

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    Is the Local Economy the Solution to a Post-Capitalist World?

    Is the Local Economy the Solution to a Post-Capitalist World?

    In his new book, The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative Self-Financing “Pollinator” Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity (Chelsea Green, June 2015), Shuman debunks many of the myths around economic development—that tax breaks for wealthy corporations are beneficial for all, that only big businesses create jobs, that consumers only care about price, and that social enterprises can’t be [...]

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    Climate change having affect on coastal infrastructure

    Climate change can have especially detrimental affects for coastal communities such as coastal erosion, saltwater inundation, and flooding affecting coastal infrastructure. This is especially a problem for wastewater treatment, as some communities found out after Hurricane Sandy: “The danger is that stormwater could inundate the [treatment] plants, damage electrical systems and other vital controls and [...]

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    30 Year Old Trial Finds Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

    30 Year Old Trial Finds Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

    Is organic farming more resilient, higher yielding, more energy efficient and more profitable? The Rodale Institute’s latest report of a 30 year trial says it is. Read the full report free here. To learn more about climate adaptation, biodiversity, crops and food supply, see the following ACT reports: Biodiversity Reports Crops & Food Supply  

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