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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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New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP

New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP

Bus rapid transit systems that shift commuters to faster public systems take cars off the road, create jobs, and reduce pollution that damages health and contributes to climate change. Photo credit: Sam Zimmerman/World Bank STORY HIGHLIGHTS With careful design, the same development projects that improve communities, save lives, and increase GDP can also fight climate change. […]

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THE GLOBAL ENERGY MARKET’S MOMENT OF TRUTH

THE GLOBAL ENERGY MARKET’S MOMENT OF TRUTH

If you want to know what addressing climate change will really be like for business and investors, then take a look at today’s electricity and energy markets. Driven by climate policy, technology development, business innovation, NGO campaigns and investment risk analysis, creative destruction is inflicting itself upon the sector with a vengeance – and the […]

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Five Canadian cities tearing up asphalt to help reduce flash-flooding risk

Five Canadian cities tearing up asphalt to help reduce flash-flooding risk

OTTAWA — They paved paradise, and put up a flood zone. A woman gets gets back in her car in flood water during a storm in Toronto on July 8, 2013. Photograph by: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn , Postmedia News Five cities across Canada will see some of their asphalt torn up and replaced with porous brick […]

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