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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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Potentially Deadly Fungus Spreads Across Canada & US

Potentially Deadly Fungus Spreads Across Canada & US

A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and here in British Columbia, report Reuters. “Cryptococcus gattii” usually only effects those with compromised immune systems, such as transplant and AIDS patients, however the newly-identified strain is different, according to researchers. Findings presented in a new document […]

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Massive Oil Slick Reaches Louisiana Coast

Massive Oil Slick Reaches Louisiana Coast

A massive oil slick from BP’s drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, has reached the coast of Louisiana. A fire and explosion occurred on the rig April 20, killing eleven crew members. It sank two days later. The event could become the worst U.S. environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez in scope, […]

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Deep and Prolonged Freeze in Mongolia Leaves Millions of Livestock Dead

Mongolia is suffering the worst winter most locals can ever remember. Aid agencies are calling it a ‘slowly unfolding disaster’ as record low temperatures continue to devastate nomadic herder communities, reports the BBC. The government says over 4.5 million animals have died as a result of the extreme temperatures, sometimes dipping as low as -40oC. […]

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