Extreme Weather


Building resilience article by Professor Gordon McBean

Professor Gordon McBean, former Chair of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme, current Board Chair of START and professor at Western University, talks candidly about the Coastal Cities at Risk project and how resilience can be forged by vulnerable townships. View the publication here in International Innovation Issue 126, pages 83-85. International Innovation is […]


UNEP Two Minute Videos on Oceans: Adaptation to Sea Level Rise

UNEP educates the public about the world’s oceans with its video series: Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey! The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has partnered with cartoonist Jim Toomey – of Sherman’s Lagoon fame – in developing a series of six two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and […]


NOT WAITING FOR NOAH: New Approaches to Assessing Flood Risk

The Not Waiting for Noah workshop, held in Kelowna BC on April 24, 2013, was organized as a partnership between the BC Water and Waste Association’s Climate Change Committee, the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and the SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team. This report, entitled Not Waiting for Noah: New Approaches to Assessing Flood Risk, is the result […]


Melting polar ice causing changes to jet stream?

Global BC looks at how the wacky winter weather around the globe may be due to polar ice caps impacting the jet stream including comments from ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford. http://globalnews.ca/video/1083159/melting-polar-ice-causing-changes-to-jet-stream


Extreme Weather: Impacts, Challenges and Adaptations

The Symposium will be held April 22-24, 2014 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Organized by the Canadian Climate Forum (www.climateforum.ca), the Symposium will examine the incidence and impact of severe weather, the challenges it raises – and how we can prepare for, or adapt to it, to minimize its often devastating effects. 2013 was a year of […]


North Vancouver City plans for climate change floods: Flood risk for SeaBus, transit hubs

The North Shore can expect flooding, transportation disruptions and an increased demand for emergency services due to climate change, according to a staff report prepared for the City of North Vancouver. See the full article at: http://www.nsnews.com/news/north-vancouver-city-plans-for-climate-change-floods-1.668838# Will the footings of Lions Gate Bridge be under water by 2050 or the end of the century?  Photograph […]


iSeeChange: Colorado Fruit Growers Harness Wind, Water, and Fire to Save Harvest

iSeeChange had the great pleasure of meeting two climate adaptation storytellers this summer, Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein. 1 car, 2 girls, and 3 months to travel across America and tell stories about the Great American Adaptation to climate change. After reading iSeeChange posts about frosts on the Almanac, they set out to talk to fruit farmers in the North […]


A Song of Flood and Fire: One Million Square Kilometers of Burning Siberia Doused by Immense Deluge

About a week and a half ago, I reported on a great burning event in which a massive region of Russian Siberia erupted in hundreds of wildfires blanketing it in a sea of smoke clearly visible in the NASA Aqua Satellite record. Today, reports from Interfax/Radio Russia describe an immense flood emergency in which over 1 […]

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