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NATURAL DISASTERS: SAVING LIVES TODAY, BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR TOMORROW

NATURAL DISASTERS: SAVING LIVES TODAY, BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR TOMORROW

Every year, natural events, such as earthquakes, floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts cause huge humanitarian and economic damage around the world. Although we are now better able to identify and respond to such natural disasters, in many cases lack of knowledge and poor planning, resourcing and deployment of relief systems can create problems for both […]

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The Future is Local: Progressive Civic Governance Forum May 29th, 2014 in Toronto

The Future is Local: Progressive Civic Governance Forum May 29th, 2014 in Toronto

THE FUTURE IS LOCAL Progressive Governance Forum Thursday, May 29th 9:00am – 3:30pm Victoria College, University of Toronto Read more and register here. Highlighted Session:   Rising to the Climate Challenge – Across the country, local leaders are experiencing the brunt of climate change impacts, through unpredictable weather patterns and damage to infrastructure. And across the […]

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One Simple Idea That Could Revolutionize Wetlands Conservation in New Orleans

The Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge: Resilience Blog By: Chris Michael and Elena Goodinson Louisiana state officials estimate that the cost of restoring the wetlands around the Mississippi Delta—which are the primary buffer between New Orleans and the hurricanes that hit the city nearly every summer, and which have been seriously degraded over […]

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'Historic achievement' as British Columbia replaces its 105-year old Water Act

‘Historic achievement’ as British Columbia replaces its 105-year old Water Act

“The Act provides a new opportunity and framework to collaborate and implement watershed-based solutions,” says Ted van der Gulik, President of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia. On April 29, 2014 the British Columbia Legislature passed the Water Sustainability Act (Bill 18). The Act recognizes the connection between land use actions and the implications for the both […]

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Climate Change Class Action Filed By Insurers Against Cities In Chicago Region

A recently filed lawsuit headed by Illinois Farmers Insurance Company against municipalities in Cook County, Illinois, should act as a serious wake up for local governments ignoring their management of climate change. The lawsuit, Illinois Farmers Insurance Company and Farmers Insurance Exchange v The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago sees the insurer and all of […]

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Lloyd's calls on insurers to take into account climate-change risk

Lloyd’s calls on insurers to take into account climate-change risk

A home damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2013 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest and biggest insurance market, has for the first time called on insurers to incorporate climate change into their models. The call to action comes a day after a landmark US report, named […]

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Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

The numerous re-planning efforts after Hurricane Sandy have produced enticing renderings of designer dunes and fish-filled inland bays. Yet there’s been little serious discussion of what happens when rising seas put many of those happy places underwater — until now. Among the ten ambitious proposals unveiled earlier this month by Rebuild by Design, the high-speed, invited […]

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CBC News: Extreme weather is the new normal

CBC News: Extreme weather is the new normal

CBC reports that climate specialists are calling for a national strategy to help Canadians prepare for extreme weather. View the short video here. The CBC report includes interviews with Bob Sandford, ACT Water Governance author and senior water policy adviser, and Dr. Gordon McBean, Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Co-Principal Investigator […]

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