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Extreme Events: Adapting Infrastructure videos online

Extreme Events: Adapting Infrastructure videos online

Speaker Presentation videos from the 2008 conference Extreme Events: Adapting Infrastructure are online on the ACT YouTube channel. Featured speakers include Cameron Ells, Chris Corps, Efrosini Drimoussis, Erik Sparling, Ewa Ciuk, Gordon McBean, and Sarah Burch. On October 17, 2008, ACT hosted Extreme Events: Adapting Infrastructure, where conference participants explored practical considerations, opportunities, motivations and […]

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Climate Change Analysis Predicts Increased Fatalities from Heat Waves

Climate Change Analysis Predicts Increased Fatalities from Heat Waves

Global climate change is anticipated to drive increasingly extreme weather phenomena, such as heat waves that impact human health, in the coming decades. A recent analysis led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health calculates that the city of Chicago could experience between 166 and 2,217 excess deaths per year attributable […]

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ACT Executive Director Presents at Taipei Coastal Cities at Risk Conference

ACT Executive Director Presents at Taipei Coastal Cities at Risk Conference

Sierra Club map of sea level rise projections for Vancouver Just presented on Climate Change Adaptation for Communities: Challenges and Solutions to a group of seasoned adaptation professionals and researchers from all over Asia. I talked about climate threats in Canada already being experienced, such as ice storms, drought, flooding and wildfires, and those we […]

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Auditor General of Canada Stresses Need for Federal Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Auditor General of Canada Stresses Need for Federal Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

A report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada has identified an urgent need for strong federal action on climate change adaptation, echoing the conclusions of ACT’s Summary report on Climate Change Adaptation & Extreme Weather. The 2010 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development notes that, “to date […]

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Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates

Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates

In a March 31, 2011 article from the Globe & Mail entitled “Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates”, writer Rob Carrick investigates increasing home insurance premiums. Carrick quotes Wayne Ross, vice-president of property claims for Aviva Canada – the country’s second-largest property insurer – who cites a significant increase in claims related to […]

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Community Climate Adaptation Policy

Community Climate Adaptation Policy

Quoted from Background Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Designing Adaptation Policy – 3.0 CLIMATE ADAPTATION POLICY … this report is primarily concerned with community climate adaptation policy. This local lens has been adopted for a number of reasons. First, communities are sites where population and infrastructure are concentrated and, as such, it is at […]

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The Case for State Intervention Through Public Policy

Quoted from Background Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Designing Adaptation Policy – 3.0 CLIMATE ADAPTATION POLICY Although analysts define adaptation in various ways, a common thread in this work is that it involves “adjustments”— purposive changes to practices, processes, or structures undertaken to better cope with climatic stimuli and their impacts. Extreme weather events […]

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Mitigation and Adaptation

Quoted from Background Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Designing Adaptation Policy – 3.0 CLIMATE ADAPTATION POLICY There are two fundamental policy responses to the risk associated with climate change. The first, mitigation, involves efforts to stabilize or reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow or stall changes in climate. Mitigation is the central focus of […]

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