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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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Report flags Canada’s water system as climate change casualty

Report flags Canada’s water system as climate change casualty

Media Advisory October 3, 2011 Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media Relations (PAMR) 778.782.3210   www.sfu.ca/pamr/ Contact: Martin Livingston, BreakThrough Communications Inc., 604.657.8234, m.livingston@breatkthroughpr.com Yvonne Chiang, BreakThrough Communications Inc., 604.880.5090, y.chiang@breakthroughpr.com Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035, cthorbes@sfu.ca Report flags Canada’s water system as climate change casualty A new report co-authored by a member of Simon Fraser […]

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The adaptation-mitigation cocktail, or why policy-makers have hangovers

The adaptation-mitigation cocktail, or why policy-makers have hangovers

In a thoughtful article for FORESTS blog, Emilia Pramova examines the hangover-inducing negotiation between mitigation and adaptation when devising strategies for long-term management of forests. In reference to international climate change meetings, she writes, “Adaptation had long been the neglected child at the climate negotiations dinner table. Discussions had primarily focused on mitigation, in part […]

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Hurricane Irene: one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in the nation’s history

Hurricane Irene: one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in the nation’s history

Recovery from Hurricane Irene is taxing the rescue and recovery resources of areas of the eastern United States hit last weekend by 115-mile-per-hour winds. Coastal residents are dealing with damage from extreme wind and storm surge, and towns hundreds of miles inland are experiencing severe flooding and rushing water that have resulted in hundreds of […]

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Is High Heat The New Normal?

Is High Heat The New Normal?

Forest fires have already left an indelible imprint in 2011, according to Renata D’Aliesio’s article, 2011 shaping up to be the year of the forest fire, published in the Globe and Mail. Flames razed or heavily damaged nearly 500 homes and businesses in the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake, while the threat of destruction […]

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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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Drought: A Creeping Disaster

Drought: A Creeping Disaster

In the American south, 14 states are baking in blast-furnace conditions — from Arizona, which is battling the largest wildfire in its history, to Florida, where fires have burned some 200,000 acres so far. Climatologists call drought a creeping disaster because its effects are not felt at once; however, there is little disagreement about the […]

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The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing, by Deborah Harford

The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing, by Deborah Harford

By Deborah Harford As published in the June 15, 2011 Embassy feature: Climate Security: Preparing for a future of increasing uncertainty on page 19. When we talk about security we mean a number of things, key among these being physical safety and economic stability. Both forms of security depend on systems that protect and support […]

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