Author Archive for Deborah

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SFU study highlights importance of adaptive capacity for fishery-dependent nations

SFU researcher Nick Dulvy, a Canada Research Chair in marine biodiversity and conservation, has co-authored a new report published this month in the journal Fish and Fisheries. Dulvy, together with an international team of biologists and geographers, studied 132 countries and their dependence on fish for protein and income, as well as their social and […]

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Death toll in Australian wildfires rises to over 180; highlights urgent need for extreme events adaptation planning

The deadly wildfires currently ravaging Victoria, Australia as a result of record high temperatures are a chilling example of the extremes scientists project will occur at an increasing rate as climate change accelerates. In a testament to the need for adaptation planning worldwide, survivors of the bushfires are demanding fundamental changes to the country’s emergency […]

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ACT Releases background report to Biodiversity Recommendations

ACT is pleased to announce the release of the Adaptation to Climate Change Biodiversity Background Report, a compendium of research references and conclusion supporting our first set of policy recommendations: Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity: Transitioning to an Ecosystem-based Economy in British Columbia. We have also released an updated version of the policy recommendations. The […]

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ACT Executive Director Authors White Paper for PICS

PICS (the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions) has released a white paper authored by ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford exploring climate change challenges facing BC in the context of nine top-of-mind issues. The paper, entitled “Adaptation to Climate Change: Planning for BC” references local, national and international responses and proposes practical recommendations designed to facilitate […]

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ACT co-founder Dr. Richard Lipsey featured in Globe and Mail on “creative revolution” strategies for Canada’s industrial decay

ACT co-founder and eminent Canadian economist Dr. Richard Lipsey was featured yesterday in an article by the Globe and Mail on a creative revolution spurred by new technology that he believes is the solution to Canada’s industrial decay. The article provides insight into how Dr. Lipsey sees uncertain economic times affecting dramatic decline in Canada’s […]

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ACT Announces New Sponsors for 2009 ‘Energy’ Session

ACT’s third six-month session – on energy – scheduled for the spring and summer of 2009, is off to a great start! We are pleased to welcome three key partners who are helping to make it happen: Plutonic Power Corp, the BC Government’s Climate Action Secretariat, and BC Hydro. The Energy session will look at […]

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ACT’s First Report on Biodiversity “Ark” Sparks Media Attention

The release of ACT’s first policy report on biodiversity in BC, authored by Jon O’Riordan – a former Deputy Minister for the BC government’s Ministry of Sustainable Resource Development, has drawn media coverage from several major publications. Content from the December 3 press conference releasing details of the report was covered in the Vancouver Sun, […]

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BC’s biodiversity “ark” threatened by climate change: report

This past Wednesday was a landmark day for ACT: we released the results of the first session in our five-year series of 10 six-month sessions. ACT’s inaugural session, Communities in Jeopardy: Plant, Animal and Human, ran from September 2007 to April 2008. The report from that session is called Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity: An Ecological and […]

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