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Cyclone Nargis Devastates Burma

The past week has been scarred by the damage and devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis in Burma. This event has been marked by a greater-than-usual sense of impotency on the part of the international community in its inability to rise to the challenge. The massive scale of the disaster, and the fact that so much […]

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Firms Look to Patent Climate-Ready Crops

Several of the world’s largest agricultural biotechnology companies are seeking hundreds of patents on gene-altered crops designed to withstand drought and other environmental stresses, part of a race for dominance in the potentially lucrative market for crops that can handle global warming, according to a report produced by the ETC Group, Patenting the “Climate Genes” […]

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Vineyards in Spain Embrace Adaptation

Climate change poses significant threats to the wine industry, but a clutch of producers in one of Spain’s hardest-hit regions say they have found a way to survive and even profit from it.Raising temperatures result in grapes containing more sugar and thus more alcohol, but higher alcohol content wines have become less popular. Drought can […]

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Report Highlights the Effects of Climate Change on the BC Real Estate Industry

The David Suzuki Foundation and the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia have released a new report, Hot Properties: How Global Warming Could Transform BC’s Real Estate Sector. “The energy we use to build our cities, the energy we use to heat and power our cities and the energy we use to transport ourselves and […]

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New Report Highlights the Risks of Climate Change to Children

A new paper produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development highlights the probable impacts for children of different ages from the increasing risk of storms, flooding, landslides, heat waves, drought and water supply constraints that climate change is likely to bring to most urban centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The report […]

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Community Vulnerability Assessment of Taber, Alberta

The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative recently completed their study of the community of Taber, Alberta.The Institutional Adaptations to Climate Change SSHRC MCRI Project – Report on Community Vulnerability Assessment of Taber, Alberta report presents findings for one of the objectives of the Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change project. It examines the characteristics (location, history, economic […]

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New Report Aims at Helping Home Owners Adapt to Climate Change

A new report, Your Home in a Changing Climate: Retrofitting Existing Homes for Climate Change Impacts, produced by the Three Regions Climate Change Group composed of the Climate Change Steering Group East of England Sustainable Development Roundtable, the South East Climate Change Partnership, and the London Climate Change Partnership, informs and promotes the adaptation of […]

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Youth Travels the World to Collect Stories of Adaptation

24 year old Juan Hoffmaister set off in July 2007, with support from the Watson Foundation, to gather success stories of adaptation throughout the developing world.Now 10 months into his year-long exploration he says he has instead been gathering “survival stories”. His project has or will take him to Fiji, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Maldives, and […]

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