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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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    Upcoming: The OCCs 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Symposium | May 2015

    Upcoming: The OCCs 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Symposium | May 2015

    The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Symposium at McMaster University on May 11, 2015. The annual symposium brings scholars together with public and private sector representatives to advance climate change research in Ontario. This year’s theme is Ready, Steady, Adapt: Leading Adaptation through [...]

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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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    CFAX: Interview with Deborah Harford, ACT's Executive Director, on the Columbia River Treaty

    CFAX: Interview with Deborah Harford, ACT’s Executive Director, on the Columbia River Treaty

    Deborah Harford, executive director of ACT, discusses the upcoming opportunity to renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty in 2024 — one of the largest international trans-boundary water treaties in the world — coupled with a changing climate. Listen here: 20141125 CFAX interview ACT treaty.    

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    Bangladesh powering ahead with solar

    Bangladesh powering ahead with solar

    Bangladesh is making great strides with off-grid solar power. The Bright Green Energy Foundation (BGEF) has installed 145,000 solar home systems to date, and plans to have solar on 6 million homes in the country by 2017. BGEF also focuses on employing women from rural areas as technicians and managers. Since rural people and women [...]

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    The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future

    The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future

    In the new study, Hansen and his colleagues suggest that the “doubling time” for ice loss from West Antarctica — the time period over which the amount of loss could double — could be as short as 10 years. In other words, a non-linear process could be at work, triggering major sea level rise in [...]

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    Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?

    Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?

    In his latest blog post, David Suzuki wonders if we are entering a new phase in the climate change movement: that of global consciousness. Though scientists and advocates have been warning us for decades, only lately have many world leaders been taking the issue seriously. Are we experiencing a shift towards global awareness- and will [...]

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    Farming More Important Than Oil for Canadian Economy

    Farming More Important Than Oil for Canadian Economy

    Interview from The Vancouver Sun with economist and author Jeff Rubin. In this interview, Rubin explains how the very climate change that will leave much of the country’s carbon unburnable could, at the same time, make some of Canada’s other resource assets more valuable: our water and our land. This is the topic of his new [...]

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    SFU ViPS Public Lecture: Adam Sobel (Columbia University) "Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: Predictions and Responses"

    SFU ViPS Public Lecture: Adam Sobel (Columbia University) “Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: Predictions and Responses”

    SFU’s Institute for Values in Policy and Science (ViPS) and Urban Studies invites you to a public lecture and discussion addressing issues related to policy and the science of climate change: Dr. Adam Sobel (Columbia University), ”Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: Predictions and Responses.” Sobel’s recent book, Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future raises questions of how [...]

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    New! Sea Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation Webinars

    New! Sea Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation Webinars

    The Fraser Basin Council is pleased to offer two free educational and informative sessions to prepare you for the upcoming impacts of climate change in BC. These webinars provide training and learning opportunities for climate change adaptation planning in your community. Register today! New Sea Level Rise Projections in British Columbia When: Wednesday, March 25, [...]

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    Scientists now know why global warming has slowed down and it’s not good news for us

    Scientists now know why global warming has slowed down and it’s not good news for us

    It’s been called the “hiatus,” “pause,” or “slowdown” and has been a favored meme of climate skeptics for years. Despite the continued increase of greenhouse gas emissions from us, rise of global surface temperatures has been easing since 1998. Two new studies published this week examine the origins of the“pause,” and, surprisingly, suggest that it may persist for years even in our notably [...]

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    The 2040 Imperative

    The 2040 Imperative

    PART 1: THE PHASE-OUT OF FOSSIL FUELS IN CANADA The mathematics of the climate crisis is easy to understand once you have the key numbers. And those numbers lead to some clear and compelling conclusions. Following the well-known laws of physics, carbon dioxide traps and preserves heat in the atmosphere. Without it, we’d be frozen [...]

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