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(September 10) Report, Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience

(September 10) Report, Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience

A report entitled Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience released today by the Global Commission on Adaptation begins the ‘year-of-action’. This report calls for a revolution in understanding, planning, and finance to make climate risks visible, and incorporate these risks into all decisions. Further, it calls for political leadership to shake […]

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(July 22) - Release of Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia

(July 22) – Release of Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia

On July 22, 2019 the Government of BC released a Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia to help better understand climate-related risks in BC and develop appropriate measures to these risks. This is the first provincial-scale climate risk assessment in Canada, and the first phase of an initiative to better understand climate related risks […]

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(July 23) Listen to ACT's ED Deborah Harford in a live podcast

(July 23) Listen to ACT’s ED Deborah Harford in a live podcast

On July 23, 2019, ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford spoke with West Coast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology. In the podcast, Harford gives listeners the background on the organization she co-founded (ACT), and explains how studying humans and animals is extremely important for adaptation. A self-coined “science translator”, Harford is adept at turning science […]

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(July 4) CBC News Coverage of CCA Climate Risks for Canada Report

(July 4) CBC News Coverage of CCA Climate Risks for Canada Report

“We can predict and project the climate change impacts that are coming down the line for our regions in Canada,” said Deborah Harford, a member of the expert panel, “and because we know that, we can think strategically about how to reduce damage and respond proactively.” – CBC News In a conversation with CBC News, […]

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(June 14) Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative: Summary of Survey One Findings

(June 14) Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative: Summary of Survey One Findings

Canadian local governments face a perfect storm of limited capacity, aging infrastructure, and climate change impacts. Leaders and staff are experiencing increasing public pressure to ‘future-proof’ communities from the projected impacts of dangerous climate change by both reducing emissions (mitigation) and preparing for impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, and heatwaves (adaptation). Although mitigation […]

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Biodiversity and Climate Change Resilience - Planning Green Infrastructure Policy Brief and Concept Note

Biodiversity and Climate Change Resilience – Planning Green Infrastructure Policy Brief and Concept Note

SFU ACT has been investigating the intersection of biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in Metro Vancouver, and how integrated regional green infrastructure planning could act as a potential remedy to these. After a year of researching and hosting interdisciplinary cross-sector workshops, we are pleased to present a policy brief and concept note that provide […]

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(Apr 30) Climate change and poor planning are fuelling more floods. Here's what we can do about it (CBC News)

(Apr 30) Climate change and poor planning are fuelling more floods. Here’s what we can do about it (CBC News)

On April 30th, CBC News published a story detailing the flooded or areas at risk of future flooding as a result of a legacy of poor planning in communities across Canada. Climate change, coupled with a changed landscape, due to agriculture, urban development and other land use decisions has increased communities vulnerability to flooding. ACT’s […]

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(Apr 11) Low Carbon Resilience: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century

(Apr 11) Low Carbon Resilience: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century

We would like to thank the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for highlighting the Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) approach in the spring edition of their professional association’s magazine Landscapes/Paysages. In this edition titled Lo!Carbon, ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford and Alison Shaw, research lead for the Integrated Climate Action for B.C. Communities Initiative, discuss how since the two […]

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