Tag: "drought"

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World on Path to 4-degree Temperature Rise

World on Path to 4-degree Temperature Rise

A new report released from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reveals that global temperatures are expected to reach an increase of 4-degrees by the end of the century.  This prediction goes far beyond the 2-degree threshold that is necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.  The report emphasizes that the effects of climate change […]

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New Report from Toronto and Region Conservation

New Report from Toronto and Region Conservation

Toronto and Region Conservation is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a report entitled “Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Canadian Water Resource Management,” and an accompanying National Compendium of Water Adaptation Knowledge (on-line database at http://waterandclimate.ca). The report has been prepared as collaboration between the Canadian Climate Forum (formerly CFCAS), the Canadian Water Resource […]

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Unpredictable Weather Puts Food Supply at Risk

Unpredictable Weather Puts Food Supply at Risk

Rising temperatures aren’t the only factor to effect food production as climate change progresses.  Unusually high or low temperatures, excessive rain, drought, and extreme storms all have the potential to devastate food production.  The long drought experienced by much of Canada and the US this summer is just one of the ways in which climate […]

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Preparing for the New Normal: The Short and Long Term Costs of Drought and Wildfires

Preparing for the New Normal: The Short and Long Term Costs of Drought and Wildfires

More than half of the United States is enduring an unrelenting drought that research reveals is a level of severity that only happens once in 800 years. As of August 14, 2012, the US Drought Monitor reports that 61.77% of the contiguous US is officially experiencing moderate to extreme drought, the highest percentage in over […]

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Coastal Cities at Risk: How will they adapt to converging climate change impacts?

Coastal Cities at Risk: How will they adapt to converging climate change impacts?

Low-lying coastal mega-cities, many built on river deltas, are growing rapidly in terms of population and infrastructure asset value and play a pivotal role in the global economy. Global seaborne trade has more than doubled in the past 30 years and, as Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, the effect of a major storm on a port city […]

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Global News reports on Vancouver's new adaptation plan

Global News reports on Vancouver’s new adaptation plan

The city of Vancouver has commissioned a study on how to prepare for the impact of dramatic climate change. Vancouver City Manager Sadhu Johnstone and Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer talk with Global News about Vancouver’s new adaptation plan, to be presented to City Council on Tuesday July 24, 2012. ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford, and […]

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Upcoming events: Environmentally-Induced Migration and Ending Global Poverty

Upcoming events: Environmentally-Induced Migration and Ending Global Poverty

Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration The conference series on “Environmental Degradation, Conflict and Forced Migration” is a partnership project of the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Bielefeld University and its Center for Interdisciplinary Research. It explores the causal relationship between environmental damage and forced migration as well as the correlation of both phenomena to […]

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The Elephant in the Sweltering Sun: The Human Cost of Climate Change

The Elephant in the Sweltering Sun: The Human Cost of Climate Change

by Claire Havens, ACT Researcher It’s a sad situation that plays itself out regularly in northeastern Africa. Drought-stricken and conflict weary Somalians and Ethiopians flee the hardships of their country and head south, desperately trying to make it to South Africa where life might be a little more kind. Their treacherous journeys necessitate dealing with […]

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