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Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

                            A new park in New York City provides a great example of ecosystem-based adaptation as non-structural flood mitigation. From The New York Times:  “Aptly called Sponge Park, the 2,100-square-foot plot will, when it opens next spring, intercept thousands of gallons of storm […]

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ACT ED Profiled in SFU Public Policy Magazine

ACT ED Profiled in SFU Public Policy Magazine

ACT’s Executive Director Deb Harford was interviewed for the Winter issue of the SFU School of Public Policy Magazine. Deb discusses how ACT got started and how it has evolved since its inception. One exciting point is that climate change adaptation did not used to be a pressing concern for many in Canada, but with […]

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Read Now: Report on Columbia River Treaty Workshop October 7th

Read Now: Report on Columbia River Treaty Workshop October 7th

On October 7th of this year, ACT in partnership with the Canadian Water Resources Association hosted a one-day workshop on the Columbia River Treaty. This workshop was titled “Columbia River Treaty: Past, Present and Future” and featured expert presentations and panel discussions on social, political, legal and environmental issues related to the treaty, with a special […]

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After Paris: What's Next for Canada?

After Paris: What’s Next for Canada?

Now that the Paris agreement has been reached, what will Canada do domestically to keep its promises? Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna will now turn to working with the provinces and territories to establish a national plan, as well as meeting with North American partners. From The Globe and Mail: “The federal government […]

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Bill McKibben: Falling short on climate

Bill McKibben: Falling short on climate

The big climate news from this past week happened in Paris. Or did it? Bill McKibben reminds us that, while world leaders gathered in Paris and spent two weeks arguing over the slightest of word choices, climate disasters have continued to affect people around the world. In Chennai, India, hundreds of people died due to […]

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COP21: Negotiations to extend past official deadline

COP21: Negotiations to extend past official deadline

As the official climate talks in COP21 come to a close, negotiators expect to continue working on a global deal. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, host of the conference, said that he expects to have a text by Saturday December 12th at 7:00 pm, Paris time. From ABC: “Mr Fabius said the talks had been extended […]

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Oil sands worker urges transition to clean energy

Oil sands worker urges transition to clean energy

At COP21 in Paris, an oil sands worker from Alberta is urging a transition off of fossil fuels. Ken Smith, a 55-year-old Suncor heavy equipment mechanic and head of Unifor Local 707A, spoke about the need to protect the environment while also ensuring oil sands workers still have jobs and can provide for their daily […]

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Global warming emissions may be in decline

Global warming emissions may be in decline

According to a new article posted in Nature Climate Change, global carbon dioxide emissions may be in decline for the first time in 15 years. From VICE News:  “The study, which was the tenth of its kind published by this team of researchers, showed that CO2 emissions from the consumption of fossil fuel and cement production grew by […]

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