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Should we try to fight rising sea levels — or abandon the coasts?

Should we try to fight rising sea levels — or abandon the coasts?

Cape Cod, Truro, Massachusetts. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images The world’s sea levels are expected to rise 1 to 3 feet — or more — as the planet heats up in the coming century. The more greenhouse gases we emit, the bigger the rise, but we’ve already locked in at least some sea-level increase no matter what. So what should […]

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Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

The numerous re-planning efforts after Hurricane Sandy have produced enticing renderings of designer dunes and fish-filled inland bays. Yet there’s been little serious discussion of what happens when rising seas put many of those happy places underwater — until now. Among the ten ambitious proposals unveiled earlier this month by Rebuild by Design, the high-speed, invited […]

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Join DSF and David Suzuki for a movie night at the Rio!

FREE tickets for SFU staff &  students. RSVP to Ryan Kadowaki at rkadowaki@davidsuzuki.org and he will put you on the guest list. The event information is below. ____________________ Join the David Suzuki Foundation for the Vancouver premiere of Climate Change in Atlantic Canada on April 24. The evening will include a screening of the documentary followed by Q&A and a […]

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Damage to coastal infrastructure from storm surges, floods may reach 9% of global GDP

Damage to the world’s coastal infrastructure as a result of flooding, sea level rise, and coastline development is expected to cost as much as 9 percent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) according to a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Read the full Homeland Security News Wire article here. Access […]

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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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NOT WAITING FOR NOAH: New Approaches to Assessing Flood Risk

The Not Waiting for Noah workshop, held in Kelowna BC on April 24, 2013, was organized as a partnership between the BC Water and Waste Association’s Climate Change Committee, the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and the SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team. This report, entitled Not Waiting for Noah: New Approaches to Assessing Flood Risk, is the result […]

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A Song of Flood and Fire: One Million Square Kilometers of Burning Siberia Doused by Immense Deluge

About a week and a half ago, I reported on a great burning event in which a massive region of Russian Siberia erupted in hundreds of wildfires blanketing it in a sea of smoke clearly visible in the NASA Aqua Satellite record. Today, reports from Interfax/Radio Russia describe an immense flood emergency in which over 1 […]

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The Elephant in the Sweltering Sun: The Human Cost of Climate Change

The Elephant in the Sweltering Sun: The Human Cost of Climate Change

by Claire Havens, ACT Researcher It’s a sad situation that plays itself out regularly in northeastern Africa. Drought-stricken and conflict weary Somalians and Ethiopians flee the hardships of their country and head south, desperately trying to make it to South Africa where life might be a little more kind. Their treacherous journeys necessitate dealing with […]

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