Health Risks

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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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New SSHRC report: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implication of Climate Change

New SSHRC report: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implication of Climate Change

A series of workshops for a The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Knowledge Synthesis project on Climate Security has resulted in a significant report entitled: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implications of Climate Change, which is available online. Dr. Gordon McBean, ACT Extreme Weather policy author, was Principal Investigator and Author […]

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Random Hacks of Kindness ingeniously tasks international computer hackers with solving real world problems

Random Hacks of Kindness ingeniously tasks international computer hackers with solving real world problems

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), a climate change adaptation event hosted in partnership between Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank, is dedicated to using technology to make the world a better place. Some of the brightest minds in computer programming will convene June 4th and 5th in 20 locations around the world to […]

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Sewage Named #1 Urban Centre Contaminant by Canadian Press

Sewage Named #1 Urban Centre Contaminant by Canadian Press

Analysis by The Canadian Press has shown that far more sewage has been spilled in Canadian urban centres over the last six years than any other harmful contaminant. CP obtained the newly released figures after a two-year battle and a complaint to the information commissioner to pry the data from Environment Canada under the Access […]

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Plan B for the Gulf: The metal dome hasn’t worked. What do we do now?

Plan B for the Gulf: The metal dome hasn’t worked. What do we do now?

The metal dome hasn’t worked. What do we do to stop the oil now? That’s the question BP executives are desperately mulling over as hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil are being leaked into the ocean following the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion last month. New York Times Op-Ed editors asked five different experts what […]

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