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

April 2, 2014 | Posted in | Leave a comment
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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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Adapting to climate change isn't admitting defeat

March 31, 2014 | Posted in | Leave a comment

Authors provide a look inside the IPCC Report on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

By Ryan Kadowaki, Senior Science and Policy Coordinator

Combatting climate change often focuses on reducing the root cause—carbon emissions. We're already experiencing climate change symptoms: rising global temperatures, species migration and decline, more erratic and extreme weather, so rapidly decarbonizing our society is crucial. But climate scientists have known for years that, regardless of how quickly we reduce emissions, we'll continue to feel effects into the future due to heat stored in the oceans. So we must also adapt to our changing environment.

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Green infrastructure protects communities against future storms

March 18, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By Faisal Moola, Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada,

Ontario has faced some seriously wacky weather this past year. The never-ending polar vortex, dramatic ice storms and flash flooding have left many of us with busted pipes, soggy basements and frayed nerves.

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Explaining Canadian oil and gas: From where do emissions come? Where are they going?

January 23, 2014 | 1 comment

By Tyler Bryant, Energy Policy Analyst,

It could be said that in 2013 Canada was defined by its oil and gas sector. In a year highlighted by climate change activism, infrastructure and pipelines, economic growth, interprovincial relations and relations to the U.S. and now Asia, the fossil fuel industry was always in the news. With all the discussion and arguments around diluted bitumen, liquefied natural gas, carbon, greenhouse gases, exports and pipeline capacity it's easy to lose track of just what we're discussing and why it matters. How much dilbit (diluted bitumen) are we producing? How much do we import and export? What are the greenhouse gases from all this activity? As a primer, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian Academy of Engineering decided to take stock of the oil and gas sector's development over the past 35 years and describe how it has changed and why those changes are important.

In our report we used the CanESS model by WhatIf Technologies to develop a fact base for oil and gas production and emissions in Canada. The report outlines historical trends in production and emissions by fossil fuel extraction industries, trends in the carbon intensity of fossil fuel extraction, a projection of where production may be going and what the magnitude of emissions may be by 2050.

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OP-ED: B.C.'s Carbon Tax Leadership Now More Important than Ever

December 18, 2013 | Posted in | 3 comments
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By Ian Bruce, Manager, Science and Policy,

"It is a budget that confronts and completely overturns the outdated notion that you have to choose either a healthy environment or a strong economy. That either-or-thinking belongs to the past." — Former B.C. Finance Minister Carole Taylor

When the B.C. government introduced the carbon tax in 2008 it laid out a path to fight climate change while continuing to stimulate a prosperous economy.

This refreshing and bold leadership positioned B.C. as an innovator and developer of solutions to the greatest challenge of our time — climate change.

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