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Ticking Time Bomb? Climate Change and Ixodes scapularis

Ticking Time Bomb? Climate Change and Ixodes scapularis

The black-legged (a.k.a. deer) tick transmits Lyme disease to humans. Removing a tick within 24 hours of being bitten can prevent transmission of the bacteria responsible for the disease. © Kent Wood/Science Source Sharon Levy is a freelance science journalist and contributing editor to OnEarth, the magazine of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Lyme disease, caused by the […]

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A risk management framework improves health systems’ resilience to high-impact weather

According to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program, a risk management framework can improve the resilience of healthcare facilities and services to high-impact weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The report is based on a recent AMS Policy Program workshop, A Prescription for the 21st Century: Improving Resilience to High-Impact […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Webinar: A Modernized Water Act & B.C.’s Expanding Natural Gas Sector

You are invited to the second webinar in POLIS’ 2013/2014 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. WHAT: Webinar–A Modernized Water Act & B.C.’s Expanding Natural Gas Sector DATE: Friday, December 13th, 2013 TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET) WHO: Ben Parfitt (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives & POLIS Water Sustainability Project) […]

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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 […]

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Webinar by Dr. Gordon McBean: Climate Change Adaptation & Natural Disaster Resilience

A recording of Dr. Gordon McBean’s webinar presentation for the Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP) held on August 6th, 2013 is now available here: webinar recording CCACoP is Canada’s only online community for adaptation experts, policy-makers and practitioners. The webinar provides an excellent overview of the scientific evidence for the necessity to adapt to a […]

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Rising Ocean Temps Raise Health Questions

Rising Ocean Temps Raise Health Questions

Project CLAMER, a collaboration of 17 European marine institutes, has released a 200-page paper that says the rising temperature of ocean water is causing a proliferation of the Vibrio genus of bacteria, which can cause food poisoning, serious gastroenteritis, septicemia and cholera, and which may cost millions of euros (dollars) in health care. The paper, […]

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