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Deborah Harford quoted in Globe And Mail special feature

Deborah Harford quoted in Globe And Mail special feature

A special information feature in the Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Globe And Mail includes an article featuring ACT and Deborah Harford speaking on the issues of adaptation to climate change and the economy.  (PDF) See page CFA 1 Persistent warming putting heat on adaptation strategy development On the basis of widespread evidence of accelerating climate […]

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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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Vancouver in the Research Spotlight as One of World’s Most Vulnerable Cities to Rising Sea Levels

Vancouver in the Research Spotlight as One of World’s Most Vulnerable Cities to Rising Sea Levels

An international group of scientists led by a Canadian is launching a study to determine the risk of rising sea levels and what can be done about it. It’s of special interest to Vancouver – the Canadian city identified in the study. The study was announced at the recent Taipei Cities At Risk (CAR) II […]

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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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Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates

Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates

In a March 31, 2011 article from the Globe & Mail entitled “Water Damage Claims Behind Soaring Home Insurance Rates”, writer Rob Carrick investigates increasing home insurance premiums. Carrick quotes Wayne Ross, vice-president of property claims for Aviva Canada – the country’s second-largest property insurer – who cites a significant increase in claims related to […]

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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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If there was any doubt about the need to prepare for extremes, Maclean’s is adding to the conversation

If there was any doubt about the need to prepare for extremes, Maclean’s is adding to the conversation

When a topic like ‘extreme weather’ gets front-page coverage on Canada’s leading current affairs magazine, you can bet that policy-makers are listening. On August 30, 2010, Maclean’s ran a cover story on extreme weather events – an undeniable reality-check that every country, community, and industry is in need of ways to adapt to the extreme […]

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