Water Governance

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March 22: World Water Day 2011

March 22: World Water Day 2011

In a March 22/11 Metro News article, Vancouver is said to be leading the climate change charge. The World Wildlife Fund Canada’s director of climate and energy, Josh Laughren, said other cities have a lot to learn from Vancouver. We have reduced emissions, met Kyoto targets, increased public transit trips, and have the greenest building […]

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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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Sewage Named #1 Urban Centre Contaminant by Canadian Press

Sewage Named #1 Urban Centre Contaminant by Canadian Press

Analysis by The Canadian Press has shown that far more sewage has been spilled in Canadian urban centres over the last six years than any other harmful contaminant. CP obtained the newly released figures after a two-year battle and a complaint to the information commissioner to pry the data from Environment Canada under the Access […]

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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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Canada Tightens Tap on Water Legislation

New legislation could mean tougher measures to protect Canada’s massive stores of fresh water, particularly for prohibitions on bulk water removal on rivers that cross into the United States. If passed, the law would create new powers of inspection and introduce fines of up to $6 million CDN for companies that try to export and […]

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Vancouver Architect Company Studies Effects of Sea Level Rise

Vancouver’s Bing Thom Architects (BTA) has released a study on sea level rise in Vancouver. The City of Vancouver’s open-data catalogue is accessible via the web, and makes information about the Vancouver shorelines accessible to the public. BTA is using this data to study Vancouver coastlines, and possible implications for infrastructure when taking into account […]

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Kenya attempting mass relocation of species to combat drought-stricken country

Kenya attempting mass relocation of species to combat drought-stricken country

Kenya wildlife rangers are attempting a historic mass relocation of zebra and wildebeest across the country in an attempt to provide food for starving carnivores. Extreme drought in the region has caused many herbivores such as zebra and wildebeest to die, leaving little to no prey for hyenas and lions to feed on. The starving […]

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Liveblogging from the UBC Resilience Symposium: Uncertain Water Supplies

ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford featured during living blogging at UBC Resilience Symposium: From the live blogging site: Deborah Hartford, the Executive Director of the Simon Fraser University Adaptation to Climate Change Team pointed out that global warming has diverse and unpredictable effects on water cycles around the world, from flooding in the UK to […]

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