Health Risks

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature. Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside […]

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Paris 2015: Climate Change and Peace

Paris 2015: Climate Change and Peace

After the devastating attacks last Friday in Paris, here is a beautiful piece from 350.org about the need to work for climate justice in order to work for peace. “The upcoming Paris Climate Summit is, in a sense, a peace summit — perhaps the most important peace summit that has ever been held. “We need […]

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Webinar: Climate Change Health Risks in Rural and Small Canadian Communities

Webinar: Climate Change Health Risks in Rural and Small Canadian Communities

See below for information on an upcoming webinar offered by Health Canada:  Health Canada has been collaborating with researchers and decision-makers across the country to increase and share knowledge about how a changing climate can affect human health. The Department has organised a series of Community Sharing Network Webinars, providing a forum for communities to […]

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Heatwaves - A Global Threat to Human Health and Habitation From Climate Change

Heatwaves – A Global Threat to Human Health and Habitation From Climate Change

Fourth in a series of blogs on climate change and population displacement. By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher. I recently relocated to Melbourne, Australia without much knowledge of the regional climate. Over the winter, which was mild but not much warmer than an average February in Vancouver, I was warned repeatedly by locals about […]

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Register Now: Workshop on Climate Change-Induced Hazards

Register Now: Workshop on Climate Change-Induced Hazards

The Centre for Natural Hazard Research will host a workshop co-organized with the SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team and Natural Resources Canada to stimulate a national discussion about weather-caused and -triggered hazards that are changing in a warming world. The workshop will: examine current and likely future changes in the frequency and intensity of hydro-meteorological […]

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Mining and oil threatens one in three natural world heritage sites — report

Mining and oil threatens one in three natural world heritage sites — report

Nearly one in three natural world heritage sites are at risk of exploration for fossil fuels and mining, a report from the conservation charity WWF has found. The record high of 31% at risk is up from 24% last year. Natural world heritage sites are selected as the most important globally to conserve for reasons of natural beauty […]

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Valuing Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Columbia River Basin

VALUING ECOSYSTEM GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

When decision makers undervalue the benefits we derive from nature, they underestimate the full costs to society of converting natural resources to uses that destroy or degrade natural capital. Recognition of the benefits of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) by policy makers is therefore an important step in formulating effective natural resources policy that is […]

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Exciting news: the CMA divests from fossil fuels

Exciting news: the CMA divests from fossil fuels

The Canadian Medical Association has announced it will divest from its holdings in fossil fuel companies. Doctors hope that this move will bring attention to the various health risks posed by fossil fuel extraction and use. The CMA will instead invest its $1.8-million holdings in renewable energy companies. Canada’s doctors are following those in Britain […]

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