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Climate Risk: Getting to Action | Professionals’ Perspectives on Climate Change Challenges

Climate Risk: Getting to Action | Professionals’ Perspectives on Climate Change Challenges

As climate change begins to have measurable effects, members of many professions are encountering challenges to established standards of practice and disruption of decision-making processes that are based on historical norms. Elevated risk of damages is also causing concern around topics such as liability and investment, as well as exposure to short- and long-term impacts […]

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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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Irreversible Climate Change Within 5 Years - IEA

Irreversible Climate Change Within 5 Years – IEA

The International Energy Agency warned on November 9th (see this article by the UK’s Guardian) that we face the prospect of irreversible climate change within five years if we do not immediately stop building fossil fuel dependency into our infrastructure. “The door is closing,” Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, said. “I […]

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Extreme weather - the imperative to prepare

Extreme weather – the imperative to prepare

Adaptation to the kind of extreme weather predicted by climate models is becoming increasingly urgent for industries around the world from tourism to coal mining, let alone agriculture! In a cruel stroke of irony, Australia’s Queensland has ricocheted from the worst drought in living memory to fatal floods, including an “inland tsunami” that killed eight […]

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Climate change could drive economic disaster: Cancun

Climate change could drive economic disaster: Cancun

Citing potential climate-related GDP losses of up to 20 per cent by 2050 and the economic benefits of shifting to low carbon and resource efficient economies, investors are calling for national and international policies that will spur private investment into low carbon technology and adaptation measures. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/investors-cancun-climate-change-business “We cannot drag our feet on the issue […]

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Polar bears' plight intensifies

Polar bears’ plight intensifies

Polar bears have been the canary in the ‘climate change’ coal mine for climate change for years now. The media, scientists, politicians, researchers, campaigners have all used the plight of these arctic bears as attention-grabbing indicators of impending changes in our climate, resulting in a certain amount of viewer fatigue. But as current news shows, […]

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ACT colleague Dr. John Richards to speak at conference on Bangladesh and climate change

ACT colleague Dr. John Richards of SFU’s Public Policy Program will be speaking at a conference that will address Bangladesh’s potential to adapt to climate change over the coming century. The conference will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 9th December at the Liu Centre, University of British Columbia, from 3:00 – 7:30 p.m. […]

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Is China destined to be the next green energy superpower?

China is investing billions of dollars into renewable energy production in an effort to combat their steeply rising greenhouse gas emissions. While the US is only just taking its first steps towards mandating power companies to generate more electricity from renewable sources, China already imposed such a requirement 2 years ago. At present coal remains […]

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