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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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Starving Somalis flooding into refugee camps

Starving Somalis flooding into refugee camps

An article in the National Post details how thousands of Somalis are walking for weeks to reach a United Nations refugee camp at Dadaab in northeastern Kenya. Many of them arrive acutely malnourished and dehydrated, with nothing but the clothes on their backs resulting from two years of severe drought exacerbated by high local cereal […]

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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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International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change Announces Research Awards

International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change Announces Research Awards

News Release International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change Announces Research Awards Five Canadian and Developing Country Teams to Study Climate Change Adaptation Ottawa, Canada, June 2, 2011 –The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) together with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and […]

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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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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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Agriculture the new investment frontier?

Agriculture the new investment frontier?

An article in Reuters by Naveen Thukral suggests farm land and production facilities might be the next trend in private capital investment. Inflows of private capital in agriculture worldwide are expected to more than double to around $5 billion to $7 billion in two years as rising food prices spur investments in farm land and […]

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ACT Executive Director Presents at Taipei Coastal Cities at Risk Conference

ACT Executive Director Presents at Taipei Coastal Cities at Risk Conference

Sierra Club map of sea level rise projections for Vancouver Just presented on Climate Change Adaptation for Communities: Challenges and Solutions to a group of seasoned adaptation professionals and researchers from all over Asia. I talked about climate threats in Canada already being experienced, such as ice storms, drought, flooding and wildfires, and those we […]

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