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Shivaji Competition: Creative Sea Level Rise Solutions

Shivaji Competition: Creative Sea Level Rise Solutions

Calling all artists, architects, scientists, engineers, animators, and other creatives: Shivaji Competition:  Islands, Deltas and Rising Seas Animated GIFs due on March 10, 2016 Shivaji2016.com Contact:  Glenn Weiss at ShivajiCompetition@gmail.com Rising Waters Confab II, April 25-May 26, 2016 In GIF format, the Shivaji Competition seeks actual and impossible ideas to maintain human habitation on islands and deltas doomed by […]

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Bill McKibben: Falling short on climate

Bill McKibben: Falling short on climate

The big climate news from this past week happened in Paris. Or did it? Bill McKibben reminds us that, while world leaders gathered in Paris and spent two weeks arguing over the slightest of word choices, climate disasters have continued to affect people around the world. In Chennai, India, hundreds of people died due to […]

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Vulnerable countries demand 1.5C warming limit at COP21

Vulnerable countries demand 1.5C warming limit at COP21

Countries most at risk of climate change impacts, including Bangladesh, the Philippines, Sudan, and Vietnam, are pressuring other world leaders to cap climate warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. From The Guardian: As more than 140 world leaders made short opening statements on Sunday, 44 countries that are members of the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis), along with […]

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Sea Level Rise: Who Should Take Responsibility in Silicon Valley?

Sea Level Rise: Who Should Take Responsibility in Silicon Valley?

Sea level rise is becoming a dominant theme as communities plan for climate change. On the East Coast of the United States, the eroding shorelines of Miami and the projected loss of billions of dollars of upscale homes has come to symbolize personal loss that is now at risk from global warming. For many of us, it is […]

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Population and Climate: Consumption is the Bigger Problem

Population and Climate: Consumption is the Bigger Problem

A new article in The Guardian points out that while any argue population growth is an issue for climate change, the bigger problem is how we consume resources. “If we want to reduce our impacts this century…it is consumption we must address. Population growth is outpaced by the growth in our consumption of almost all resources. […]

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Tyee article: Preparing for the next big flood

Tyee article: Preparing for the next big flood

An article posted today in The Tyee points out that while politicians often make promises about adaptation after extreme weather events occur, they are less likely to follow through on those promises long-term. This lack of adaptation planning makes communities more vulnerable to future climate events. “The flood of 2013 [in Alberta] may have been […]

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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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Let’s Put Two and Two Together on Refugees and Climate Change

Let’s Put Two and Two Together on Refugees and Climate Change

Fifth in a series of blogs on climate change and population displacement. By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher. There is a new Liberal government in Canada, and, for many citizens concerned about climate change and the Syrian refugee crisis, the election results mean a chance for real action. Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to […]

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