Climate Change

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Google Maps Now Shows You if Climate Change Will Put Your Home Underwater

Google Maps Now Shows You if Climate Change Will Put Your Home Underwater

On our hottest and coldest days, we joke and whine about climate change and the terrible weather. But in 2015, we’re lucky that we don’t have to see the true effects of what might be ahead of us after global temperatures rise. That’s why this version of Google Maps is an eye-opener. On Friday afternoon, Google […]

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Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy […]

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Livable Cities Forum: ACT ED To Present on Financing Adaptation

Livable Cities Forum: ACT ED To Present on Financing Adaptation

ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford will be speaking at the Livable Cities Forum, September 28-30 in Calgary. Deborah’s panel session focuses on the economics of resilience. Implementing flood protection measures can be costly, particularly where it is being retrofitted into existing development. Uncertainty surrounding the economics of resiliency, for example the cost-benefit or the return […]

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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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UC sells off $200 million in coal and oil sands investments

UC sells off $200 million in coal and oil sands investments

The UC system has sold off its endowment and pension fund holdings in coal and oil sands companies, a $200-million move that officials said Wednesday was in response to both environmental concerns and rising financial risk in those industries. UC still has about $10 billion in various types of energy industry investments, about 10% 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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Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says

Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says

As lawmakers consider new measures to combat climate change, researchers at UC Berkeley released a study saying stronger renewable energy requirements would lead to new jobs. California law requires the state to get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2020. A bill by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) would […]

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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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