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More research needed on northeast B.C.'s shale gas boom

September 19, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By Niki West, energy policy analyst

When you think about northeastern British Columbia, what pops into your head? Maybe a vague notion of pristine wilderness, boreal forest, caribou, grizzly bears and lots of snow? Would you be surprised to learn that the 20.5-million hectares of northeast B.C. extending from the B.C.-Alberta border to the northern Rocky Mountains and stretching from Tumbler Ridge in the south to the Yukon and Northwest Territories border in the north (pdf) is dotted with tens of thousands of oil and gas wells, and criss-crossed by pipelines, seismic lines and access roads? On average, every seven square kilometres has one well. Some areas are fragmented by grids of wells spaced every 200 metres.

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Canada should embrace diversity, the economy is no exception

September 17, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By Ryan Kadowaki, Science and Policy Specialist

The David Suzuki Foundation is co-hosting a sold-out public event in Vancouver on September 18th to explore the largely untold success story of Canada's clean technology sector. Tune in to the live webcast starting at 4:30 p.m. PDT.

Population science extols the importance of diversity. A genetically diverse population can adapt more easily to environmental change or withstand the introduction of disease. A complexity of traits allows a population to evolve in advantageous ways over time, making it more resilient and effective.

Economies also benefit from diversity. Diverse economies can cope better with change than those focused on a single industry or commodity. Acknowledging this becomes crucial as climate change threatens major disruption with particularly harsh impacts on major sectors like forestry and agriculture. Canada's history as a resource-based economy is littered with examples of sectors and communities facing perilous situations when environmental or market conditions become unfavourable. Canada will always depend on natural resources as part of its economic strategy, but focusing too greatly on a handful of industries is akin to limiting your gene pool.

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IPCC AR5 Communications

May 1, 2014 | Posted in | Leave a comment
WG1-The Physical Science Basis

Something you should know about severe floods and extreme weather from VoVo Productions on Vimeo.

News Release- Worst impacts of climate change still avoidable if we act now
WG1 Media Backgrounder
Focus Canada 2013: Canadian public opinion about climate change

Blogs and Media

IPCC report shows action on climate change is critical
Attacks on climate change science hinder solutions
Climate change amplified in Canada, but worst effects can be averted: report
Canada harder-hit by climate change, but not too late to change course: report
Not too late to avert worst of global warming, Suzuki Foundation says
Canadians losing faith in government on climate change
Ottawa's climate position not in sync with Canadian opinion

WG2-Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

David Suzuki explains... What is the connection between the elderly and an orange? from VoVo Productions on Vimeo.

News Release- Food security, economy hit hard by climate change
WG2 Media Backgrounder

Blogs and Media

OP-ED: Ottawa's climate position not in sync with Canadian opinion
Adapting to climate change isn't admitting defeat
Climate change and the world's poor: looking beyond the usual suspects
Climate change poses food security challenge
Mounting climate evidence underscores the need to act
Film underscores need to address climate change
Canada's economy battered by climate change catastrophes in 2013

WG3-Mitigation of Climate Change

News Release- Latest UN Climate Report shows energy revolution coming

Blogs and Media

Transit investments drive positive change
Only with political will can we avoid the worst of climate change
Windmills are things of beauty
We can't just geoengineer our way out of climate change
Will thorium save us from climate change?
B.C.'s carbon tax leadership now more important than ever
Opinion: A personal awakening on clean energy
IPCC report: Greenhouse gas emissions accelerated in past decade

Climate change poses food security challenge

April 30, 2014 | Posted in | Leave a comment

The impact on our food system is just one of many ways in which climate change is affecting the lives of Canadians.

By Ryan Kadowaki, Senior Science and Policy Coordinator

We have an intimate connection to food. To paraphrase David Suzuki, "When we consume food we are incorporating the environment into our very being." Food is tradition, comfort, celebration, privilege and often a reliable indicator of environmental health.

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Climate change and the world's poor: looking beyond the usual suspects

April 2, 2014 | Posted in | 21 comments
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Climate change affects prices at the grocery store and food security for low-income households.

By Ryan Kadowaki, Senior Science and Policy Coordinator

Crop failure, property loss from extreme weather, higher food prices, heat stress — climate change is clearly posing significant challenges for the world's poor. But when we consider the range of climate impacts that can afflict vulnerable populations, a disconnect can occur. We might assume that such populations are clustered solely in subtropical, lower- income countries and that citizens of wealthier nations would be buffered against similar hardships. The evidence suggests this is not the case. When we consider climate change as having only international poverty implications, we are overlooking our own challenges at home.

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