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Columbia treaty must consider climate change: OpEd in Times Colonist by Jon O’Riordan, ACT senior policy adviser

Columbia treaty must consider climate change: OpEd in Times Colonist by Jon O’Riordan, ACT senior policy adviser

The opportunity for renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty in 2024 — one of the largest international trans-boundary water treaties in the world — coupled with the prospect of a changing climate, requires Canada to consider the costs and benefits of climate-change adaptation in its forthcoming discussions with the U.S. Flood control and power generation were joint cornerstones of the treaty when it was signed in 1964. The […]

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Report: B.C. Facing Massive Price Spikes for Fruits and Vegetables

Report: B.C. Facing Massive Price Spikes for Fruits and Vegetables

A report released today warns prices for a variety of fruits and vegetables in B.C. could increase up to 34 per cent this year due to the drought in California. According to the report which was commissioned by Vancity, drought has persisted in California over the past three years, with the majority of the state […]

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ACT ED Spoke at Rising Seas Summit

ACT ED Spoke at Rising Seas Summit

ACT’s ED Deborah Harford presented at the Rising Seas Summit today. The inaugural Rising Seas Summit is bringing more than 170 professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats […]

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Naomi Klein says this changes everything: CBC Feature

Naomi Klein says this changes everything: CBC Feature

Photo by Ed Kashi Listen An existential crisis for the human species, a clear and present danger to civilization, a death sentence for the planet, a weapon of mass destruction: these are just some of the phrases you will find in Naomi Klein‘s new book,This Changes Everything. The book is a wake-up call about the state of […]

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Public Reading at Chapters on Robson – BeeTime: Lessons From the Hive by Mark Winston

Public reading and signing by the author of a new book entitled BeeTime: Lessons From the Hive, Mark Winston, co-founder of ACT. Where: Chapters bookstore on Robson in Vancouver  (http://winstonhive.com/?page_id=164) When: Thursday 9 October at 7:00 PM. The book covers the myriad lessons we can learn from honeybees and wild bees, lessons that are particularly vital to us today as the threats […]

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Climate change: Implications for employment

Key findings from the intergovernmental panel on climate change fifth assessment report Publication date: 2014 Number of pages: 20 Author(s): Mike Scott, freelance journalist The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate. It provides the scientific fact base that will be used around […]

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Will California's Drought Bring About $7 Broccoli?

Will California’s Drought Bring About $7 Broccoli?

The end of cheap fruits and veggies draws nigh. Here’s why. —Tom Philpott | May/June 2014 Issue of Mother Jones Illustration: Christoph Hitz When people tell you to “eat your veggies,” they’re really urging you to take a swig of California water. The state churns out nearly half of all US-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts; farms use 80 percent of its water. […]

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California Suffers Astonishingly Fast Snowpack Melt as Drought Intensifies

California Suffers Astonishingly Fast Snowpack Melt as Drought Intensifies

While the drought conditions in California and Texas were likely initially triggered by natural variability, such as ocean temperature patterns in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, studies show that manmade global warming can intensify such conditions by raising temperatures and increasing evaporation. In addition, a new study found that manmade global warming likely intensified the weather pattern […]

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