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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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CBC national radio debate on Green Growth Tonight – May 27 @ 9 PM on “Ideas”

Join 500,000 Canadians tonight (May 27) for a national radio debate on Green Growth, on CBC’s “Ideas” program at 9 PM.  See below for more details. The show features a live debate that took place at a major conference in Ottawa last month on Big Ideas for Sustainable Prosperity – Policy Innovation for Greening Growth, which brought together some of the world’s biggest […]

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Rising Waters Are Spawning a New Breed of Cyborg Architecture

Rising Waters Are Spawning a New Breed of Cyborg Architecture

Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, a masterpiece on the banks of the Fox River, has been hit by three different “100-year-floods” in the last 20 years. Now, preservationists are considering putting the home on permanent hydraulic jacks to lift it above floodwaters. The Farnsworth House would become a cyborg building—and it’s far from the […]

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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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