News Clippings

All Canadians must become climate leaders
Vancouver Sun by Deb Harford, March 3 2017
Deb Harford calls for all Canadians, from all walks of life, to join the climate action momentum and begin working to create the future we want for ourselves and future generations.

Adapting to climate change means investing in the right infrastructure
Huffington Post by Mike Harcourt and Deb Harford, December 16, 2016
Mike Harcourt and Deb Harford discuss potential options for investing in smart, resilient infrastructure, such as innovative financial tools and collaboration between levels of government.

Climate change could hurt housing affordability says SFU report
Metro News by Wanyee Li, December 15 2016
Coverage of ACT’s report, ‘Climate Risk: Getting to Action’, focusing on possible implications of sea level rise and flooding on housing in the Metro Vancouver area.

SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team sees arts help restore streams
Georgia Straight by Carlito Pablo, October 21, 2015
Deb Harford is profiled as a member of the Still Moon Arts Society, a grassroots organization working to inspire people through artistic activities to take care of Still Creek.

Vancouver vulnerable to the ravages of global warming, researchers say
Vancouver Sun by Tracy Sherlock, December 11 2012
Deb Harford is interviewed about the potential for more extreme weather to hit the Metro Vancouver area in the future, as a result of climate change.

Rising sea levels throughout metro Vancouver putting landmarks at risk: Granville Island and False Creek at high risk for negative effects of higher water levels
Vancouver Sun by Kelly Sinoski, August 4, 2012
Deborah Harford noted all of Metro Vancouver is ranked as at high risk for negative effects of climate change because it has so many people, so much infrastructure and so many assets at sea level. And with the region built on river deltas, she said, there’s also risk of the sea encroaching toward the area’s rivers, leading to “salt wedging” or salination of the region’s agricultural lands and the water supply.

Baltutis and Sandford: Canadians are thirsty for a national water strategy
The Toronto Star, Saturday July 28, 2012
Calgary Herald, Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Bob Sandford, co-author of Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future discusses that concerned Canadians are increasingly aware of the need for a national water strategy, especially because water management decisions based on historical climate trends are no longer sufficient to address the challenges surrounding future water management.

Deborah Harford discusses the importance of research on CJSF Radio
SFU Ideas and Issues on CJSF Spoken Word Radio, July 5, 2012
Deborah Harford speaks with Frieda Werden about the importance of research, and the scientists who staged a mock funeral procession in Ottawa to protest Conservative government policies they claim are causing the ‘death of evidence’.

Rising seas, storm surges due to climate change await Lower Mainland
The Georgia Straight By Matthew Burrows, March 8, 2012
Delta, Richmond, and “about one-third of Surrey” are “implicated” in the sea-level rise and extreme storm surges due in the region as a result of climate change, according to Deborah Harford. However, the executive director of SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team told the Straight, “I actually have a bit of a slogan at ACT, which is that we are all tired of doom and gloom, so let’s cheer and steer, because there is a lot that we can do.” (HTML)

Fort St. James Mayor, Class Composition and Water and Climate Change
CBC Radio British Columbia: BC Almanac, October 18, 2011
Host Mark Forsythe connects British Columbians as they share stories and ideas about what they have in common and what makes them different: The acting Mayor of Fort St. James reacts to the alleged serial killer who grew up in that town. Dawn Steele, a parent of a special needs child, talks about class composition in public school and Bob Sandford on his new report on the impact of Climate Change on water. (Podcast MP3)

Costs of climate change already being felt
Vancouver Sun by Gordon Hamilton, October 18, 2011
Higher costs for city water, rising home insurance rates as sea levels rise and programs to encourage people to leave their fossil fuel-burning cars at home were cited Tuesday as ways that climate change is, or soon will be hitting home for B.C. residents. (PDF)

Water policy reform needed
The Regina Leader-Post by Lisa Goudy, October 6, 2011
The climate might be heating up, but Saskatchewan’s weather will only get drier and stormier, according to the chair of the United Nations Water for Life initiative in Canada. (PDF)

Climate change threatens Canada’s water: Report
The Castlegar Source, October 5, 2011
Federal, provincial and municipal governments should implement coordinated national and regional water conservation guidelines to address the detrimental impact climate change is having on Canada’s water system, according to a new report from ACT, Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team. (PDF)

Watch your water: radio interview with Bob Sandford
CBC Daybreak hosted by Valerie McTavish, October 5, 2011
Serious measures are needed to protect Canada’s water supply from the effects of climate change.
That’s the finding of a new report from Simon Fraser University’s Adaption to Climate Change Team.

Climate change threatens Canada’s water
CarbonBased blog by Brian Thomas, October 5, 2011
Federal, provincial and municipal governments should implement coordinated national and regional water conservation guidelines to address the detrimental impact climate change is having on Canada’s water system, according to a new report from ACT, Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team. (PDF)

Coordinated Water Conservation Guidelines Needed To Protect Canada’s Water System
iStockAnalyst, October 5, 2011
Federal, provincial and municipal governments should implement coordinated national and regional water conservation guidelines to address the detrimental impact climate change is having on Canada’s water system, according to a new report from ACT, Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team. (PDF)

SFU report urges drastic water conservation reforms
The Hook, a Tyee blog By Grace Scott, October 5, 2011 (PDF)
Canada needs to develop a new “water ethic” to deal with the detrimental impact climate change is having on Canada’s water system, says a recent report out of Simon Fraser University. (PDF)

SFU study calls for coordinated water conservation policies: Surface and groundwater should be managed together
Vancouver Sun by Larry Pynn, October 5, 2011
Canadians are wasteful users of their most valuable natural resource – water – and need to act in unison now to become sustainable in the face of climate change, a report released Tuesday by Simon Fraser University warned. (PDF)

Climate Change Threatens Canada’s Water: Report
Globe-Net.com, October 5, 2011
Coordinated national and regional water conservation guidelines are required to address the detrimental impact climate change is having on Canada’s water system, according to Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT). (PDF)

Glass remains half empty
Metro Vancouver by Matt Kieltyka, October 5, 2011

Water-guzzling Canadians are in for a shock if conservation and water supply isn’t reformed in the face of climate change, a new study says. (PDF)

Climate Change Threatens Canada’s Water: Report
Canada Newswire, October 4, 2011
Federal, provincial and municipal governments should implement coordinated national and regional water conservation guidelines to address the detrimental impact climate change is having on Canada’s water system, according to a new report from ACT, Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team. (PDF)

Persistent warming putting heat on adaptation strategy development
The Globe and Mail, special information feature, June 21, 2011, page CFA 1
On the basis of widespread evidence of accelerating climate change, organizations are looking more closely at how their operations and stakeholders will be affected. (PDF)

SFU to participate in $2.5-million climate change study
The Peak, June 27, 2011, by Kendra Wong
SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) is set to participate in a new $2.5-million study dedicated to determining how coastal cities can best adapt to climate change. (PDF)

Embassy – Canada’s Foreign Policy Newsweekly
Climate Security: Preparing for a future of increasing uncertainty—Pages 13-19  June 15, 2011
The June 15, 2011 print edition of Embassy features an Embassy Report on Climate Security including an article from ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford titled “The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing”, page 19. (PDF)

Paradigm shift needed in climate fight: Expert
Metro Vancouver by J.J. McCullough, December 2010
British Columbians need to bite the bullet and get used to paying more for gas and energy if they are serious about combating the negative effects of global climate change, argues a terse new report released by SFU yesterday. (PDF)

Oil and Water
Canadian Insurance | Top Broker Magazine, by Daryl Angier, October 2010
Sitting by the riverbank outside the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton on a sunny September day with the fall colours at their height, the last thing I wanted to think about was climate change. But inside the building, where the RIMS Canada Conference was taking place, the subject was dominating. (PDF)

2040 Vision: BC and Climate Change
BC Business, by Nick Rockel, November 4, 2009
Imagine that it’s the November launch of the 2040 ski season at Whistler Blackcomb. Like every other B.C. business, the resort is grappling with the ravages of climate change. But Whistler is coming off a busy summer, mostly thanks to throngs of locals attracted to draws such as its mountain-bike park. (PDF)

Brace for wild BC weather in decades ahead: study
The Vancouver Sun, by Darah Hansen, September 10, 2009
British Columbians should brace themselves for more raging forest fires, fiercer wind storms, devastating droughts, and extreme rains, snowfall and floods over the next three decades. (PDF)

Academics launch unique approaches to climate challenges
The Globe and Mail, June 4, 2009
The climate is changing, and with it, our future. In two western universities, two very different initiatives are aimed at ensuring that we’re prepared. (PDF)

Clearing the wreckage, and building anew: A creative revolution spurred by new technology is the solution to Canada’s industrial decay, argues economist Richard Lipsey
The Globe and Mail, by Gordon Pitts, January 12, 2009
As one of Canada’s iconic economists, Richard Lipsey wrote textbooks that unlocked the mysteries of the supply-demand curves for a generation of university students. As one of London’s hottest TV directors, Matt Lipsey was part of the creative team behind the hilariously offcolour comedy hit, Little Britain. (PDF)

Researchers urge shift in environment management
The Globe and Mail, By Mark Hume, December 5, 2008
British Columbia has become a last refuge for a growing number of species in North America, but if the “biodiversity ark” is to be maintained in the face of global warming, government will have to change the way it manages the environment. (PDF)

SFU report ‘impetus’ for province to meet Great Bear commitments
The Tyee: The Hook – Environment, by Colleen Kimmett, December 4, 2008
British Columbia is a biological ark: the last refuge for most of the biodiversity in North America, according to a report on climate change released yesterday. (PDF)

B.C. ‘ark’ threatened by climate change, report says: Environment, economic health threatened by unprecedented changes to ecosystem
Vancouver Sun, by Scott Simpson, December 4, 2008
Climate change made it easier for the mountain pine beetle to thrive in British Columbia, but logging and fire protection made it impossible for Interior forests to withstand the devastating pest, warns a new report. (PDF)

Global effort needed to avoid environmental disaster: UN
Vancouver Sun, by Scott Simpson, November 17, 2007
The world is veering towards a multicentury environmental disaster involving flood, famine, fire, drought and disease that cannot be averted without a global effort to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, a United Nations group warns today in its final 2007 report on climate change. (PDF)

Adapting to climate change: Now is the time to act
Globe and Mail, by Kofi Annan, October 15, 2007
In recent months, global awareness on the risks associated with climate change has shifted drastically. Few would now dare to argue against the view that climate change does and will present an enormous humanitarian challenge. (PDF)

Nature’s future fury: Climate change will be costly in ways we’ve not yet seen, say insurers
London Free Press, by Vivian Song, October 14, 2007
When Mother Nature throws a meteorological fit, she bills the insurance industry for her therapy sessions. And they aren’t cheap. In August 2005, she flew into a tempestuous rage, unleashing her fury on Toronto and areas west of the city, pummeling neighbourhoods with torrential downpours, tossing cars and ripping roofs off houses with a single, angry breath. (PDF)

Yes, we saw the climate changing, but what were we to do?
The Globe and Mail, by Richard Lipsey, October 11, 2007
Anyone can opt out of efforts to ameliorate the causes of climate change, but no one can opt out of dealing with its effects. The evidence of climate change is all around us: melting of glaciers and Arctic ice, destruction of pine forests, dramatic floods worldwide. (PDF)

A New World: Climate change is here. So what do we do now?
Canadian Business Magazine, by Deborah Harford, October 8, 2007
In 2002, Peterborough, Ont., was drenched by a violent rainstorm of a magnitude seen on average once every 100 years. Two years later, an equally extreme downpour ravaged the town’s homes and businesses with what the CBC called “the flood of the century.” (PDF)

Zurich, SFU working together on climate change adaptation
Canadian Underwriter online, September 22, 2007
Zurich Canada has announced it will be working with Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University (SFU) to examine options for adaptation to extreme weather events caused by climate change. (PDF)

Insurance company supports research on climate change
SFU Community News, September 21, 2007
Insurance company Zurich Canada is preparing to work with SFU to examine ways to cope with the ongoing challenges of extreme weather events caused by climate change. (PDF)

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