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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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Videos from Columbia Basin Trust

Videos from Columbia Basin Trust

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations. Check out two great videos on their website: Communities Adapting to Climate Change: A Tale of Two Communities; and stories and views of […]

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Crop nutrition levels fall as carbon levels rise, study finds

Crop nutrition levels fall as carbon levels rise, study finds

An article by Julia Holman at ABC.net outlines how increasing carbon levels as a result of climate change are causing a decline in the nutritional value of food, with some staples even becoming toxic. Plants trap carbon dioxide and turn it into sugars for energy, becoming more efficient with increased carbon dioxide, the study says. […]

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Yangtze river drought in China points to the need for climate change adaptation planning

Yangtze river drought in China points to the need for climate change adaptation planning

An article published this week in the UK’s Guardian newspaper – ‘China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures’ – warns that Asia’s biggest river, the Yangtze, is suffering its worst drought in 50 years. The extreme dry spell is damaging crops, threatening wildlife and aquatic ecosystems, and raising widespread alarm about China’s […]

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