Sea Level Rise

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Clean Air Task Force Leads Meeting of Eight Nations to Plan Response to Arctic Climate Changes

Clean Air Task Force Leads Meeting of Eight Nations to Plan Response to Arctic Climate Changes

On May 4, 2011, the US-based Clean Air Task Force held an online briefing to update the news media on the state of Arctic climate changes, and recommend possible courses of action for the Arctic Council. The briefing precedes a May 12 meeting in Nuuk, Greenland of Foreign Ministers from the eight countries surrounding the […]

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ACT Executive Director Presents at Taipei Coastal Cities at Risk Conference

ACT Executive Director Presents at Taipei Coastal Cities at Risk Conference

Sierra Club map of sea level rise projections for Vancouver Just presented on Climate Change Adaptation for Communities: Challenges and Solutions to a group of seasoned adaptation professionals and researchers from all over Asia. I talked about climate threats in Canada already being experienced, such as ice storms, drought, flooding and wildfires, and those we […]

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Auditor General of Canada Stresses Need for Federal Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

Auditor General of Canada Stresses Need for Federal Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

A report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada has identified an urgent need for strong federal action on climate change adaptation, echoing the conclusions of ACT’s Summary report on Climate Change Adaptation & Extreme Weather. The 2010 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development notes that, “to date […]

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Extreme weather, low water levels in NWT: ACT’s next roundtable location

Extreme weather, low water levels in NWT: ACT’s next roundtable location

‘Unprecedented’ temperature changes, low water levels, and extreme weather conditions in 2010 are inducing demands for more extensive infrastructure planning in the north of Canada. Groups such as Ecology North are encouraging community and government decision-makers to spend more time and money on designing buildings and roadways that are adapted to these changes in climate. […]

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Environmental and Economic Disaster Looms Over Shatt al Arab River

Environmental and economic disaster loom over the Shatt al Arab river in Iraq, and there is very little the government can do about it. For many years, Turkey, Syria and Iran have all been using the headwaters that make up the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which eventually confluence to make up the Shatt al Arab. […]

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Swiss resort faces serious threat of flooding from glacier movement

The Swiss resort of Grindelwald faces a serious threat of flooding as a result of glacier movement above it. For the past several years, rock falls from the east side of the mountain onto the Lower Grindelwald Glacier have hastened the chance of flooding by creating a dam effect on the edge of the ice […]

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Interactive map launched by UK Government shows consequences of global climate warming

A new map illustrating the global consequences of failing to keep climate change to under 2 degrees Celsius was launched today by the UK Government. With just 45 days to go before international climate change talks begin in Copenhagen, British ministers are pressing for the most ambitious deal possible in order to avoid these dangerous […]

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What’s the connection between potholes and penguins?

Recent criticism that Canada’s municipal leaders are wasting time discussing issues that are “a little far afield from matters of city hall”, at an upcoming leader’s conference in Whistler, BC is missing the point. The keynote speaker for the conference, Jean Lemaire, Quebecois biologist and oceanographer, will make a presentation on the impacts of climate […]

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