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Warm Ocean Currents Contribute to Melting Ice Sheets

Warm Ocean Currents Contribute to Melting Ice Sheets

A new study published last week in Nature finds that Antarctica’s massive ice shelves are shrinking due to warm water below. Scientists have long been worried about the implications of shrinking ice sheets for sea-level rise. This study finds that sea levels could indeed rise faster than what previous models have predicted. What is troubling […]

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Shedding light on California's water situation

Shedding light on California’s water situation

Issues around water management continue to be widespread in California. Changes in climatic patterns are intensifying matters as water scarcity becomes more omnipresent and water demand grows state-wide. The many competing interests in water use in the state include farmers, fishers, urban populations and the environment. Shifting climatic patterns and population growth have dwindled water […]

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Core ACT funder notes value of most recent IPCC report for insurance industry

Core ACT funder notes value of most recent IPCC report for insurance industry

Plan now for climate-related disasters: U.N. report (Reuters) – A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change. The U.N. climate panel […]

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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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Popular Chinese Daily Calls on SFU Expert to Explain Canada’s Climate Change About-Face

Popular Chinese Daily Calls on SFU Expert to Explain Canada’s Climate Change About-Face

When China’s Global Times wanted to know why Canada “shocked the world” by refusing to honour its Kyoto Accord commitment to cut greenhouse gas emission below 1990 levels, they went to SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team’s (ACT) executive director Deborah Harford here in Vancouver. The Times is published under the People’s Daily Group, focuses […]

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The Importance of Grain in a Changing Climate

Ever since the global food price spike in 2007-2008, grain crops, which make up half of the total human caloric intake around the world, have been subject to much discussion as climate impacts such as droughts, heat waves and temperatures increases have continued to shift their prices upward. A recent article by Janet Larsen of […]

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New Approaches Required to Deal With Flooding

New Approaches Required to Deal With Flooding

A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Water Resources offers a discussion of flooding and how a new approach is required to help mitigate the increasingly fatal risks. Authors Matthias Jakob and Mike Church explain that river and coastal floods, in an average year, kill over 25,000, affect 520 million people, and render 3.2 […]

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Climate Change Triggers Winter Cooling in Northern Hemisphere?

Climate Change Triggers Winter Cooling in Northern Hemisphere?

In a twist that deepens the complexities of the impacts of “global warming,” a new study featured in Science Magazine reports that the warmer-than-average summers it is causing may be linked to colder and more extreme winter weather in the Northern Hemisphere. The general consensus among climate scientists is that global average temperatures have been […]

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