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Valuing Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Columbia River Basin

VALUING ECOSYSTEM GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

When decision makers undervalue the benefits we derive from nature, they underestimate the full costs to society of converting natural resources to uses that destroy or degrade natural capital. Recognition of the benefits of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) by policy makers is therefore an important step in formulating effective natural resources policy that is […]

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Solar energy is poised for yet another record year

Solar energy is poised for yet another record year

The U.S. solar industry is on course for a new growth record in 2015, according to a new report that finds that solar photovoltaic installations now exceed 20 gigawatts in capacity and could surpass an unprecedented 7 gigawatts this year alone across all segments. A gigawatt is equivalent to 1 billion watts and can power some 164,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy […]

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Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Green buildings and better infrastructure would not only spur economic growth but also cut carbon emissions equal to India’s annual output. Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management – could save as much as $22tn and avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of […]

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Sea level rise could be faster, worse than expected: studies

Sea level rise could be faster, worse than expected: studies

More evidence is emerging indicating that climate change may raise sea levels faster and higher than originally thought. What this means for coastal cities worldwide has been well documented. More than two-dozen large U.S. cities will likely be hit with a flooding crisis by 2050. Climate Central estimates at least 150 million people globally live […]

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Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.

Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.

“After decades of cruel leadership, the effects of climate change may have been the ultimate unhinging stressor for Syria.” This is really a must read comic. Understanding the conflict in Syria is important — as is supporting and assisting Syrian refugees. Read it here.

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Upcoming Event: The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars, with Dr. Michael Mann

Upcoming Event: The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars, with Dr. Michael Mann

The Centre for Coastal Science and Management at Simon Fraser University is hosting a special talk and discussion by Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor, Meteorology and Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University:  The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues SFU Harbour Centre – Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Room 1900) September 17, 2015 […]

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Webinar Series: Creating a Blue Dialogue

Webinar Series: Creating a Blue Dialogue

On September 16th, the Water Sustainability Project (WSP) is hosting the first webinar in its 2015/2016 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Register now!     WHAT: Evolution in Transboundary Watershed Governance: Lessons from the Mackenzie Basin DATE: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET) On March 18, 2015, the Governments of […]

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Climate change has the Earth in hot water

Climate change has the Earth in hot water

Water is the biggest thermal sink on Earth, and we better be able to stand the heat. In this article, environmental scientist James Conca points out that water holds 90% of the heat from global warming. This means that rising water temperatures are even more important for the future of our planet than rising air […]

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