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Excerpt from Tim Flannery's new book, "Atmosphere of Hope"

Excerpt from Tim Flannery’s new book, “Atmosphere of Hope”

The Guardian has an excerpt from acclaimed climate author Tim Flannery’s new book, “Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis”. In it, Flannery shows how a changing climate in Australia and around the world will have impacts beyond higher temperatures: threats to human health, more extreme bushfires, degrading nutritional value of crops, […]

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New Grant Funding From Real Estate Foundation of BC

New Grant Funding From Real Estate Foundation of BC

We are very grateful that the Real Estate Foundation of BC has approved another major grant for our work!               This funding will allow us to continue our work on water governance, as well as on the intersection between food, energy, water, and biodiversity in a changing climate. The […]

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The Climate Crisis Is Starting to Create a Global Consciousness Shift by David Suzuki

The Climate Crisis Is Starting to Create a Global Consciousness Shift by David Suzuki

For years, environmentalists have called for an urgent response to runaway climate change. Evidence has poured in from around the world to corroborate Hansen’s conclusions, from melting glaciers, sea level rise and ocean acidification to increasing extreme weather events and changes in animal and plant behaviour and ranges. I’ve been astounded by the lack of response to climate […]

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Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

Local governments in Canada are on the front lines of climate change impacts, but the cost of adapting infrastructure to flooding and other climate-driven challenges is a barrier to implementation. This report, developed by ACT through a project supported by Natural Resources Canada under the program of the Economics Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform, the […]

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Upcoming: The OCCs 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Symposium | May 2015

Upcoming: The OCCs 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Symposium | May 2015

The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Symposium at McMaster University on May 11, 2015. The annual symposium brings scholars together with public and private sector representatives to advance climate change research in Ontario. This year’s theme is Ready, Steady, Adapt: Leading Adaptation through […]

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Climate change looms as major threat to key B.C. industries

Climate change looms as major threat to key B.C. industries

Forestry, fisheries, tourism and agriculture will be among the hardest hit, say B.C.-based researchers Throughout 2015, Business in Vancouver will examine the effects of climate change on the province’s economy. From forestry to tourism to power generation and infrastructure planning, the forecast trend toward higher temperatures will have an impact on many of the industries that have […]

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ACT Releases First Book - The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer

ACT Releases First Book – The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer

ACT is proud and delighted to announce the release of its first book – The Columbia River Treaty, A Primer, published by Rocky Mountain Books – a vital work that clearly explains the nature of this complex water agreement between Canada and the United States and how its impending update will impact communities, landscapes, industry […]

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Columbia treaty must consider climate change: OpEd in Times Colonist by Jon O’Riordan, ACT senior policy adviser

Columbia treaty must consider climate change: OpEd in Times Colonist by Jon O’Riordan, ACT senior policy adviser

The opportunity for renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty in 2024 — one of the largest international trans-boundary water treaties in the world — coupled with the prospect of a changing climate, requires Canada to consider the costs and benefits of climate-change adaptation in its forthcoming discussions with the U.S. Flood control and power generation were joint cornerstones of the treaty when it was signed in 1964. The […]

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