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Leading International Experts to Visit ACT

November 18th to the 21st will see ACT playing host to 4 international experts in the field of climate change for meetings, a public dialogue, and classroom visits at Simon Fraser University. The visiting experts includ: Dr. Wendy Craik, Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission in Australia Dr. Allan Lavell, Coordinator of Facultad Latinoamericana […]

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Declining Shrimp Stocks Threaten Greenland

Dwindling shrimp stocks off Greenland’s coast have local fishermen and authorities fretting that one of the island’s main sources of income, coined “pink gold”, could soon vanish. “We must sound the alarm bells because it would be a catastrophe for the island’s economy if the shrimp were to disappear,” Helle Siegstad, a biologist who heads […]

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Researchers Warn of More Floods for Scotland

Flooding around Scotland’s coasts is set to increase because of sea level rises of up to 32cm by 2080, an influential new study has found. The report, Coastal Flooding in Scotland: A Scoping Study, commissioned for the Scottish Government and prepared by scientists at Dundee University, warned action was needed to manage the looming problem. […]

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Global Search for Climate-Resistant Crops Begins

A global search has begun for food crops with traits that are able to withstand changes to the climate.The project, co-ordinated by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, is searching national seed banks for “climate proof” varieties, including maize and rice. The team will screen seeds for natural resistance to extreme events, such as floods, droughts […]

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New Report Targets Management Adaptations for Ecosystems and Resources

A new report, Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources, is a contribution to the US Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) and was developed by the Global Change Research Program in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development. It is one of 21 synthesis and assessment products commissioned by the […]

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New Report Gives Cities Tools to Increase Resilience

Climate Resilient Cities; 2008 Primer, published jointly by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, provides a tool for municipal governments in the East Asia Region to plan for climate change impacts and associated natural disasters through sound urban planning aimed at reducing […]

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Dutch Planning Adaptation Measures

A government commission recently presented its recommendations for how the Netherlands must strengthen its water defenses to combat global warming’s potentially devastating effects. The plan by the Delta Commission is expected to be the central reference point for policymakers for decades to come — especially for dealing with anticipated rising seas and the threat of […]

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Lovelock Warns Against Putting Too Much Faith in Engineering Solutions to Climate Change

Lovelock Warns Against Putting Too Much Faith in Engineering Solutions to Climate Change

Engineering solutions to modify the Earth’s environment and climate may be necessary if humanity is to adapt to global warming, a group of influential scientists announced today. Technological fixes such as encouraging cloud formation and increasing the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the oceans have the potential to limit climate change, according to papers […]

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