Biodiversity

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The Problem with Saving the World

The Problem with Saving the World

The United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are about to replace the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are getting a lot of hate these days.The real problem is that the SDGs are profoundly contradictory, to the point of being self-defeating. On the one hand, the preamble affirms that “planet Earth and its ecosystems […]

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 Canada's tar sands landscape from the air – in pictures

Canada’s tar sands landscape from the air – in pictures

A new book of aerial photographs, Beautiful Destruction, captures the awesome scale and devastating impact of Alberta’s oil sands with stunning colours, contrasts and patterns. The book also includes 15 essays by prominent individuals from environment and industry, sharing their insights, ideas and opinions. Photographs by Louis Helbig.

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In hot water: Columbia's sockeye salmon face mass die-off

In hot water: Columbia’s sockeye salmon face mass die-off

The devastation to the local sockeye salmon population is just one of climate change‘s effects on wildlife and will “likely” reoccur intermittently over the next decade, James J. Anderson, a University of Washington fisheries scientist whose research focuses on the fish of the Columbia basin, told Al Jazeera. “The larger problem is that the climate is changing […]

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New Grant Funding From Real Estate Foundation of BC

New Grant Funding From Real Estate Foundation of BC

We are very grateful that the Real Estate Foundation of BC has approved another major grant for our work!               This funding will allow us to continue our work on water governance, as well as on the intersection between food, energy, water, and biodiversity in a changing climate. The […]

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Prehistoric trees may help a B.C. forest fight climate change

Prehistoric trees may help a B.C. forest fight climate change

The trees are dying. As California enters its fourth year of drought, the American state has lost over 12 million trees to the ongoing dry conditions. Another million trees are expected to die this summer. It’s not as dire yet in British Columbia, where the province is only in the first year of a drought. […]

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Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

Local governments in Canada are on the front lines of climate change impacts, but the cost of adapting infrastructure to flooding and other climate-driven challenges is a barrier to implementation. This report, developed by ACT through a project supported by Natural Resources Canada under the program of the Economics Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform, the […]

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A Workshop on Planning and Integrating Urban Biodiversity

A Workshop on Planning and Integrating Urban Biodiversity

ICLEI Canada, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests, is hosting a one-day workshop to preview and test ICLEI’s soon to be released Urban Biodiversity Planning Guidebook.  The Guidebook will give municipalities the knowledge, strategies and direction to develop a community specific biodiversity action plan.  Workshop attendees will have the opportunity […]

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PICS CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH SFU UBC LECTURE SERIES – Adapting to Climate Change: Global Knowledge, Local Action

PICS CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH SFU UBC LECTURE SERIES When: September 23, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: UBC Robson Square, Room C180, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver Register: climatechangeadaptation.eventbrite.ca Live Web Stream: pics.uvic.ca/events/live-webcast Join moderator Tim Takaro, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU, and speakers Stewart Cohen, Environment Canada, Lori Daniels, Faculty of Forestry, UBC and Jonathan O’Riordan, former […]

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