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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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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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IPCC launches Special Report on Extreme Weather Events

IPCC launches Special Report on Extreme Weather Events

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) on 28 March. The report assesses the evidence that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes and the extent to which policies to avoid, prepare for, respond […]

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Creating Adaptive Policies Training Course - Winnipeg, MB

Creating Adaptive Policies Training Course – Winnipeg, MB

TRAINING COURSE: Creating Adaptive Policies When: March 14-15, 2012 Where: Winnipeg, Manitoba Cost: $550 CAD per person. Registration covers the training course (with lunch); materials, including a hardcover copy of the Creating Adaptive Policies book; a beta version of the new Adaptive Design and Assessment Policy Tool (ADAPT); and a one-year membership to the Canadian […]

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PICS News Scan for 13 December 2011

PICS News Scan for 13 December 2011

Please find the news scan for 13 December 2011 (PDF) produced by ISIS, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). The PICS News Scan is a weekly summary of the major climate-change related science, technology, and policy advances of direct relevance to the BC provincial […]

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The Value of Long-Term Planning for Climate Change: Learning from the District of Elkford, BC

The Value of Long-Term Planning for Climate Change: Learning from the District of Elkford, BC

By Tim Shah, ACT Intern As a student of Community and Regional planning, I have come to learn and appreciate the value and strength of Official Community Plans (OCPs). An OCP is a policy framework for City Council that addresses issues such as housing, transportation, infrastructure, parks, economic development and the natural and social environment. […]

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Cities from across the world make historic commitment to climate adaptation action

Cities from across the world make historic commitment to climate adaptation action

Press Release (PDF Download) RELEASED – 4 December 2011, at 20h00, SAST DURBAN/South Africa – History was made today as 114 mayors and other elected local leaders representing over 950 local governments from around the world, came together in the signing of the Durban Adaptation Charter, a political commitment to strengthen local resilience to climate […]

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Valuing the Present Over the Future: An Update on Water Governance From Alberta

Valuing the Present Over the Future: An Update on Water Governance From Alberta

ACT Water report author Bob Sandford recently visited Edmonton and Calgary as part of his FLOW Cross-Canada tour, which has taken him to 16 cities in eight provinces. At each stop, he has heard stories about water of both hope and despair, while observing Canadian cities and provinces facing major challenges in water management exacerbated […]

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