Extreme Weather

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Bangladesh Proposes Fund to Help Countries Combat Climate Change

Bangladesh has proposed the creation a fund to fight climate change in densely populated South Asia, which experts say is vulnerable to rising seas, melting glaciers and greater extremes of droughts and floods. Regional experts on climate change began two days of talks in Dhaka on July 1, ahead of a meeting of environment ministers […]

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Russia Recognizes Threats Global Warming Poses to Defence Infrastructure

Global warming could deal destructive blows to Russia’s defence infrastructure over the next 22 years, a top official recently told Moscow. Defence infrastructure, including key airfields, oil storage facilities and strategic oil reservoirs, face the risk of destruction from melting permafrost in Russia’s far north by 2030, Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, Mr […]

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Pangnirtung Still Suffering From Flooding

Two weeks ago flash flooding prompted the Nunavut hamlet of Pangnirtung, on Baffin Island, to declare a state of local emergency. High winds and heavy rains damaged two bridges over the Duvall River, including a new bridge that was supposed to open this summer. With both bridges now closed, residents have no access to municipal […]

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UN Warns of New Refugee Crisis Fuelled by Climate Change

Climate change is fuelling conflicts around the world and helping to drive the number of people forced out of their homes to new highs, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). After a few years of improvement, thanks mainly to large-scale resettlement in Afghanistan, the numbers of civilians uprooted by conflict is […]

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ACT’s Second Meeting a Success

ACT kicked off their second session at the start of May focussing on Extreme Weather Events and Natural Hazards.This session runs until December 2008. Dr. Gordon McBean, acclaimed climate scientist and Policy Chair for the Ontario-based Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, is acting as the lead policy author for this session. Over June 2nd and […]

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ACT to Host Public Dialogue on Extreme Weather Events

ACT will host a public dialogue entitled Extreme Events – Adapting to Climate Change on June 2, 2008 at 7:30 pm.  The dialogue will occur in the Fletcher Challenge Theatre at SFU Vancouver (515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC). This town hall-style meeting will feature brief presentations on climate-related hazards for municipalities, and offer the […]

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Massachusetts Works with Homeowners to Elevate Coastal Houses

The State of Massachusetts is urging property owners to raise their houses along the coast one to three feet to help protect them against rising sea levels and storm damage. The State’s new StormSmart Coasts program says that homeowners along the 1700 mile coastline can save money on their flood insurance by elevating their houses. […]

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Cyclone Nargis Devastates Burma

The past week has been scarred by the damage and devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis in Burma. This event has been marked by a greater-than-usual sense of impotency on the part of the international community in its inability to rise to the challenge. The massive scale of the disaster, and the fact that so much […]

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