Extreme Weather

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One Simple Idea That Could Revolutionize Wetlands Conservation in New Orleans

The Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge: Resilience Blog By: Chris Michael and Elena Goodinson Louisiana state officials estimate that the cost of restoring the wetlands around the Mississippi Delta—which are the primary buffer between New Orleans and the hurricanes that hit the city nearly every summer, and which have been seriously degraded over […]

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Climate Change Class Action Filed By Insurers Against Cities In Chicago Region

A recently filed lawsuit headed by Illinois Farmers Insurance Company against municipalities in Cook County, Illinois, should act as a serious wake up for local governments ignoring their management of climate change. The lawsuit, Illinois Farmers Insurance Company and Farmers Insurance Exchange v The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago sees the insurer and all of […]

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Lloyd's calls on insurers to take into account climate-change risk

Lloyd’s calls on insurers to take into account climate-change risk

A home damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2013 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest and biggest insurance market, has for the first time called on insurers to incorporate climate change into their models. The call to action comes a day after a landmark US report, named […]

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Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

Post-Sandy, Designers Are Forced to Imagine Asking People to Move

The numerous re-planning efforts after Hurricane Sandy have produced enticing renderings of designer dunes and fish-filled inland bays. Yet there’s been little serious discussion of what happens when rising seas put many of those happy places underwater — until now. Among the ten ambitious proposals unveiled earlier this month by Rebuild by Design, the high-speed, invited […]

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CBC News: Extreme weather is the new normal

CBC News: Extreme weather is the new normal

CBC reports that climate specialists are calling for a national strategy to help Canadians prepare for extreme weather. View the short video here. The CBC report includes interviews with Bob Sandford, ACT Water Governance author and senior water policy adviser, and Dr. Gordon McBean, Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Co-Principal Investigator […]

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Join DSF and David Suzuki for a movie night at the Rio!

FREE tickets for SFU staff &  students. RSVP to Ryan Kadowaki at rkadowaki@davidsuzuki.org and he will put you on the guest list. The event information is below. ____________________ Join the David Suzuki Foundation for the Vancouver premiere of Climate Change in Atlantic Canada on April 24. The evening will include a screening of the documentary followed by Q&A and a […]

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New hurricane maps will show whether your house could drown

New hurricane maps will show whether your house could drown

The federal government will begin making its hurricane warning maps more colorful this summer, adding a range of hues to represent the danger of looming floods. Red, orange, yellow, and blue will mark coastal and near-coastal areas where storm surges are anticipated during a hurricane. The different colors will be used to show the anticipated depth of approaching flash floods. […]

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Canadian economy will lose billions to climate change: report

Canadian economy will lose billions to climate change: report

A new report on the financial implications of climate change notes that while natural catastrophes are estimated to cost Canadians $21-$43 billion per year by 2050, popular economic measures like GDP fail to capture the escalation, discouraging preventative investment. The TD report follows a recent and alarming warning by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on […]

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