Water Governance

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Is High Heat The New Normal?

Is High Heat The New Normal?

Forest fires have already left an indelible imprint in 2011, according to Renata D’Aliesio’s article, 2011 shaping up to be the year of the forest fire, published in the Globe and Mail. Flames razed or heavily damaged nearly 500 homes and businesses in the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake, while the threat of destruction […]

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Change is in the Air: Seeing Trends, Coalition Works to Help a River Adapt

Change is in the Air: Seeing Trends, Coalition Works to Help a River Adapt

A unique coalition of tribal government leaders, private partners and federal and local agencies in Washington State is working to help the Nisqually River watershed and its inhabitants adapt as its ecosystems shift due to climate change. An article by Leslie Kaufman in the NY Times says the coalition is reserving land farther in from […]

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Drought: A Creeping Disaster

Drought: A Creeping Disaster

In the American south, 14 states are baking in blast-furnace conditions — from Arizona, which is battling the largest wildfire in its history, to Florida, where fires have burned some 200,000 acres so far. Climatologists call drought a creeping disaster because its effects are not felt at once; however, there is little disagreement about the […]

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Peak Coffee! How Can Adaptation to Climate Change Help?

Peak Coffee! How Can Adaptation to Climate Change Help?

For three years, abnormally wet conditions have caused massive flooding in Colombia’s flatlands and damage to coffee crops, causing production last year to fall to 9.5 million 60-kilogram bags from 12 million in 2007. Production is only part of the problem, as stockpiling can offset annual fluctuations in supply. Global coffee inventories have fallen to […]

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Yangtze river drought in China points to the need for climate change adaptation planning

Yangtze river drought in China points to the need for climate change adaptation planning

An article published this week in the UK’s Guardian newspaper – ‘China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures’ – warns that Asia’s biggest river, the Yangtze, is suffering its worst drought in 50 years. The extreme dry spell is damaging crops, threatening wildlife and aquatic ecosystems, and raising widespread alarm about China’s […]

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New SSHRC report: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implication of Climate Change

New SSHRC report: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implication of Climate Change

A series of workshops for a The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Knowledge Synthesis project on Climate Security has resulted in a significant report entitled: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implications of Climate Change, which is available online. Dr. Gordon McBean, ACT Extreme Weather policy author, was Principal Investigator and Author […]

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Random Hacks of Kindness ingeniously tasks international computer hackers with solving real world problems

Random Hacks of Kindness ingeniously tasks international computer hackers with solving real world problems

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), a climate change adaptation event hosted in partnership between Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank, is dedicated to using technology to make the world a better place. Some of the brightest minds in computer programming will convene June 4th and 5th in 20 locations around the world to […]

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Flooding Takes Economic Toll, and It’s Hardly Done

Flooding Takes Economic Toll, and It’s Hardly Done

An article by Christine Hauser from the NY Times details the devastation to US food crops and economy currently being caused by the swollen Mississippi River. The flooding has dealt the United States south a heavy economic blow that is seeping into every possible corner of the region’s commercial and agricultural life. Between 2.1 million […]

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