Tag: "heat wave"

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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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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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Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer discusses the need for adaptation on Public Eye Radio

Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer discusses the need for adaptation on Public Eye Radio

Following the unanimous acceptance of a new Adaptation Strategy for the City of Vancouver, city councillor Andrea Reimer spoke with Sean Holman, host of Public Eye Radio on CFAX 1070 radio from Victoria BC on July 29, 2012. Andrea discusses the need for building infrastructure that prepares for climate change issues like extreme flooding and […]

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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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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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Deborah Harford lends perspective to extreme weather events profiled on CTV News

Deborah Harford lends perspective to extreme weather events profiled on CTV News

ACT Executive Director, Deborah Harford lent perspective to current extreme weather events including a tailings pond that has is causing serious concern in the Kootenays. The average June rainfall in that area is 58.3 mm, this year they received 205.3 mm. See the CTV news segment from July 5, 2012 Deb reflects that this kind […]

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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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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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