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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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Extreme warm temperatures in North Pole this week

Extreme warm temperatures in North Pole this week

According to The Atlantic, this week the North Pole has seen a storm which will brought its temperature up to 2 degrees Celsius. That’s as warm as it is today in Vancouver! “…later this week, something extraordinary will happen: Air temperatures at the Earth’s most northernly region, in the middle of winter, will rise above freezing […]

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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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Bill McKibben: Falling short on climate

Bill McKibben: Falling short on climate

The big climate news from this past week happened in Paris. Or did it? Bill McKibben reminds us that, while world leaders gathered in Paris and spent two weeks arguing over the slightest of word choices, climate disasters have continued to affect people around the world. In Chennai, India, hundreds of people died due to […]

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Vulnerable countries demand 1.5C warming limit at COP21

Vulnerable countries demand 1.5C warming limit at COP21

Countries most at risk of climate change impacts, including Bangladesh, the Philippines, Sudan, and Vietnam, are pressuring other world leaders to cap climate warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. From The Guardian: As more than 140 world leaders made short opening statements on Sunday, 44 countries that are members of the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis), along with […]

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Learn more about our new book, "The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World"

Learn more about our new book, “The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World”

ACT was pleased to release our new book: The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World, by Jon O’Riordan & Robert William Sandford  Published by Rocky Mountain Books | $16 hardcover We held an event in Vancouver on December 3rd to launch this exciting book. Secure supplies of water, food and energy are […]

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Canada warming at twice the global rate

Canada warming at twice the global rate

When Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial leaders gathered in Ottawa earlier this week, they were informed of some concerning news. “Alain Bourque, the executive director at Ouranos, a consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change, told the first ministers an increase of two degrees in average temperatures globally could mean that Canada would see a […]

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Sea Level Rise: Who Should Take Responsibility in Silicon Valley?

Sea Level Rise: Who Should Take Responsibility in Silicon Valley?

Sea level rise is becoming a dominant theme as communities plan for climate change. On the East Coast of the United States, the eroding shorelines of Miami and the projected loss of billions of dollars of upscale homes has come to symbolize personal loss that is now at risk from global warming. For many of us, it is […]

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