Tag: "Australia"

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Turning to Architects to help us adapt: the potential of floating homes

Turning to Architects to help us adapt: the potential of floating homes

With greater climatic uncertainty over the years, there has been a concomitant increase in the intensity of  floods. In the past two years alone, Thailand and Australia have witnessed egregious floods leading to population displacement, deaths, and damages upwards of USD $45 billion and $9.6 billion respectively. A number of professionals from various disciplines have […]

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Hybrid Sharks: Evidence of Species Resilience to Climate Change?

Hybrid Sharks: Evidence of Species Resilience to Climate Change?

A recent article by Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that Australian scientists have discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters. The article, based on results published in Conservation Genetics, could challenge ideas of how sharks had and continue to evolve; namely, how these species are adapting to cope with warmer temperatures driven by climate […]

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Deborah Harford speaks with Global Times about Koyto Protocol

Deborah Harford speaks with Global Times about Koyto Protocol

Reposted from Global Times, December 25, 2011 Editor’s Note: Canada’s withdrawal from the Koyto Protocol has shocked the world and cast a shadow on global efforts at combating climate change. What does the Canadians think of this decision and the protocol? Why did Canada’s emissions schemes fail? Global Times (GT) reporter Gao Lei invited Deborah […]

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What We Heard From the Victoria Audience on Water Governance

What We Heard From the Victoria Audience on Water Governance

The audience in Victoria for the Victoria leg of the National Discussion Series: Securing Our Water Future, sponsored by FLOW and hosted in partnership with ACT and POLIS at the University of Victoria, raised a wide variety of water governance issues with immediate relevance for BC residents. One audience member asked about the role of […]

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PICS News Scan for 15 November 2011

PICS News Scan for 15 November 2011

The PICS News Scan is a weekly summary of the major climate-change related science, technology, and policy advances of direct relevance to the BC provincial and Canadian federal governments and more generally to Canadian businesses, government and civil society. Download the news scan for 15 November 2011 (PDF) produced by ISIS, Sauder School of Business, University […]

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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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Crop nutrition levels fall as carbon levels rise, study finds

Crop nutrition levels fall as carbon levels rise, study finds

An article by Julia Holman at ABC.net outlines how increasing carbon levels as a result of climate change are causing a decline in the nutritional value of food, with some staples even becoming toxic. Plants trap carbon dioxide and turn it into sugars for energy, becoming more efficient with increased carbon dioxide, the study says. […]

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The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing, by Deborah Harford

The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing, by Deborah Harford

By Deborah Harford As published in the June 15, 2011 Embassy feature: Climate Security: Preparing for a future of increasing uncertainty on page 19. When we talk about security we mean a number of things, key among these being physical safety and economic stability. Both forms of security depend on systems that protect and support […]

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