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Mar 22: Webinar on Canadian Cities Taking Climate Action

Mar 22: Webinar on Canadian Cities Taking Climate Action

Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities Program: Canadian Cities Taking Action March 22nd, 2016 1:00 pm ET  Cities have a key role to play in mitigating the causes of and adapting their communities to the effects of  a changing climate. As the level of government closest to residents, municipalities are well-positioned to develop effective strategies to […]

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The Leaders Planning Exodus from Disappearing Shores

The Leaders Planning Exodus from Disappearing Shores

Sixth in a series of blogs on climate change and population displacement. By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher. Imagine an entire nation, deciding on a date to emigrate en masse for their very survival. Now imagine that date is rapidly approaching. The timeline for mass exodus from the island nation of Kiribati is 2020 […]

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Ideafest Seminar: Hotter, Drier Summers? Implications and Adaptations for BC

Ideafest Seminar: Hotter, Drier Summers? Implications and Adaptations for BC

The University of Victoria’s sixth Ideafest will be held between March 7th and 12th, showcasing the work of some of Canada’s best researchers. As a part of this event, PCIC and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) are presenting a panel discussion on hydro-climatic change in BC. Titled, Hotter, Drier Summers? Implications and Adaptations for BC, the discussion […]

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Tooling Up For Climate Change: Economic Instruments for Action

Tooling Up For Climate Change: Economic Instruments for Action

A new project has just launched from Sustainable Prosperity: Tooling Up For Climate Change: Economic Instruments for Action This project, based on research undertaken for Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform, examines the ways different levels of government and other decision-makers can use economic instruments to support the uptake of adaptation actions in four sectors of importance […]

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ACT ED at Sustainable Communities Conference

ACT ED at Sustainable Communities Conference

  ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford is at the Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa this week. Tell your friends in Ottawa to catch her talk Thursday February 11th! Deb is speaking as part of the ‘My Hometown 2050’ plenary which will discuss future challenges and opportunities for cities. Session summary: The year 2050 may seem like a […]

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Gender equity crucial in aftermath of disasters

Gender equity crucial in aftermath of disasters

In the chaos of natural disasters, many social systems break down. Ensuring that access to services, supports, and education in these circumstances is gender-equal is crucial for building community resilience and quick recovery. An article in Briarpatch Magazine explores these concepts, focusing on Cuba’s response to Hurricane Sandy. From Briarpatch:  “According to the UNDP’s report on Gender […]

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San Diego: Entirely Renewable Energy in 20 Years

San Diego: Entirely Renewable Energy in 20 Years

                              San Diego is showing that cities can take bold climate action without waiting for national initiatives. From The New York Times: “With a unanimous City Council vote, San Diego, the country’s eighth-largest city, became the largest American municipality to transition to […]

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Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

                            A new park in New York City provides a great example of ecosystem-based adaptation as non-structural flood mitigation. From The New York Times:  “Aptly called Sponge Park, the 2,100-square-foot plot will, when it opens next spring, intercept thousands of gallons of storm […]

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