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Solar energy is poised for yet another record year

Solar energy is poised for yet another record year

The U.S. solar industry is on course for a new growth record in 2015, according to a new report that finds that solar photovoltaic installations now exceed 20 gigawatts in capacity and could surpass an unprecedented 7 gigawatts this year alone across all segments. A gigawatt is equivalent to 1 billion watts and can power some 164,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy […]

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Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists

Green buildings and better infrastructure would not only spur economic growth but also cut carbon emissions equal to India’s annual output. Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management – could save as much as $22tn and avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of […]

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Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says

Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says

As lawmakers consider new measures to combat climate change, researchers at UC Berkeley released a study saying stronger renewable energy requirements would lead to new jobs. California law requires the state to get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2020. A bill by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) would […]

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Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

Paying for Urban Infrastructure Adaptation in Canada: An Analysis of Existing and Potential Economic Instruments for Local Governments

Local governments in Canada are on the front lines of climate change impacts, but the cost of adapting infrastructure to flooding and other climate-driven challenges is a barrier to implementation. This report, developed by ACT through a project supported by Natural Resources Canada under the program of the Economics Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform, the […]

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The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 °C

The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 °C

Policy makers have generally agreed that the average global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gas emissions should not exceed 2 °C above the average global temperature of pre-industrial times1. It has been estimated that to have at least a 50 per cent chance of keeping warming below 2 °C throughout the twenty-first century, the cumulative carbon emissions […]

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Ontario Climate Consortium E-Newsletter

Ontario Climate Consortium E-Newsletter

Join Henk Ovink, Principle Rebuild by Design & Senior Advisor to the Hurricane Sandy Taskforce for a Special Climate Change Adaptation Seminar Climate change and extreme weather are having a major impact on Ontario municipalities. Flooding in cities like Toronto, Thunder Bay, Stratford, Orangeville, and Burlington to name a few are costing municipal governments, businesses, […]

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ACT ED Spoke at Rising Seas Summit

ACT ED Spoke at Rising Seas Summit

ACT’s ED Deborah Harford presented at the Rising Seas Summit today. The inaugural Rising Seas Summit is bringing more than 170 professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats […]

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ICLR is hosting Free Webinars on Flood Issues

On September 10 Slobodan Simonovic will lead a webinar about a tool he has developed with his team for adjusting IDF curves for the effects of change in the climate. (For details contact Dan Sandink at dsandink@iclr.org.)   On September 19 Cathryn Ryan of the University of Calgary will lead a Friday Forum workshop and webinar to discuss the […]

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