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ACT raises a glass to adaptation planning at the UK’s National Association of Cider Makers (NACM)

Specific industry associations are prioritizing adaptation to climate change for the long-term viability of their membership. The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) recently carried out a study on the implications of unavoidable climate change for the UK cider industry. The report was produced by the industry for the industry, working on a low budget […]

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Soil Loss in Iowa Being Driven by Storms

Soil Loss in Iowa Being Driven by Storms

A new Environmental Working Group report produced with Iowa’s help reveals that soil loss in the agriculture-focused state is much worse than thought, says an article in the Huffington Post. In some regions, soil loss was found to be 12 times greater than the stated average, as storms stripped up to 64 tons of soil […]

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ACT Executive Director Presents at Taipei Coastal Cities at Risk Conference

ACT Executive Director Presents at Taipei Coastal Cities at Risk Conference

Sierra Club map of sea level rise projections for Vancouver Just presented on Climate Change Adaptation for Communities: Challenges and Solutions to a group of seasoned adaptation professionals and researchers from all over Asia. I talked about climate threats in Canada already being experienced, such as ice storms, drought, flooding and wildfires, and those we […]

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ACT’s Deborah Harford attends Cities at Risk Conference in Taipei

ACT Executive Director, Deborah Harford, has been invited to present at the Second International Conference on Cities at Risk: Building Adaptive Capacities for Managing Climate Change Risks in Asian Coastal Cities, in Taipei, Taiwan from April 11-13, 2011. Deborah will be speaking about adaptation challenges and solutions for communities. She will also be blogging from […]

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Auditor General of Canada Stresses Need for Federal Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Auditor General of Canada Stresses Need for Federal Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

A report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada has identified an urgent need for strong federal action on climate change adaptation, echoing the conclusions of ACT’s Summary report on Climate Change Adaptation & Extreme Weather. The 2010 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development notes that, “to date […]

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Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates

Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates

In a March 31, 2011 article from the Globe & Mail entitled “Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates”, writer Rob Carrick investigates increasing home insurance premiums. Carrick quotes Wayne Ross, vice-president of property claims for Aviva Canada – the country’s second-largest property insurer – who cites a significant increase in claims related to […]

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Community Climate Adaptation Policy

Community Climate Adaptation Policy

Quoted from Background Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Designing Adaptation Policy – 3.0 CLIMATE ADAPTATION POLICY … this report is primarily concerned with community climate adaptation policy. This local lens has been adopted for a number of reasons. First, communities are sites where population and infrastructure are concentrated and, as such, it is at […]

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The Case for State Intervention Through Public Policy

Quoted from Background Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Designing Adaptation Policy – 3.0 CLIMATE ADAPTATION POLICY Although analysts define adaptation in various ways, a common thread in this work is that it involves “adjustments”— purposive changes to practices, processes, or structures undertaken to better cope with climatic stimuli and their impacts. Extreme weather events […]

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