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Building a world of resilient communities



Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:08:56 +0000

 



Water and Climate Dominate World Economic Forum Risk Report

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:56:42 +0000

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Environmental risks, steadily rising in importance, are recognized as authentic and relentless obstacles to peace, wealth, and health, according to the World Economic Forum’s global risk report, an annual survey of business, academic, and political leaders. The report analyzes the strength and likelihood of 30 risks and 13 trends that shape global society. Four of […]




A Good Day for a Walk in the Woods

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:24:39 +0000

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Not since the Civil War has an American presidential Inauguration Day been so fraught with fear and dread (on February 23, 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled to his inauguration under military guard, arriving in Washington, D.C., in disguise). The incoming president is the most unpopular of any to assume office since modern polling began.




A Look at What Works and — and Doesn’t — in the World of Conservation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:09:20 +0000

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For public land managers, policy-makers, natural resource specialists, farmers, ranchers and others in the business of protecting and renewing the world’s diverse ecosystems, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of studies and strategies. How does a person determine which solutions will yield the best results in any given situation?




Green Roofs

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:42:26 +0000

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Cultivating plants on your roof creates a patch of natural habitat, partially replacing what was destroyed to create the building in the first place, provides food for bees and other miniature helpers who will fertilise your garden, and helps insulate your home.




The Keystone Pipeline Network Could Soon Be Completed Under Trump, But Will It Be Safe?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:38:58 +0000

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In the coming months, TransCanada will likely receive a green light to build the final leg of its Keystone pipeline network, which would carry Canadian tar sands to Gulf of Mexico refineries. President-elect Trump has said that, during his first 100 days in office, he will reverse President Obama’s decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline.




A Power Zone Manifesto

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:45:36 +0000

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What we are about to undertake is to write a prescription. Essentially, over the next 10 or 12 weeks, we are going to write a book comprised of a string of these blog posts, chapter by chapter.




BC’s Prophet: The Ghost of Roderick Haig-Brown Speaks

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:48:59 +0000

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By any measure, Haig-Brown was a unique and visionary voice in a nation that has never been terribly impressed with the idea of conservation. As rural dweller and social critic, he listened to what the rivers and forests had to say and was never afraid to write about the wonder of existence.




Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 2

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:06:47 +0000

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The use of hand tools is one of the definitive characteristics of our species. We even go so far as to define our preindustrial past by ages of hand tool technology: stone, bronze and iron.




How We Know What We Know: Public Health to Climate Disruption and Back Again

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:27:23 +0000

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With so much utter disconnect between the science and the unprecedented risk that further delay or lack of effective policy countermeasures will likely have on public health and societal well-being, it’s probably a good time to look (yet again) at why most climate scientists believe what they do and why theri warnings need to be urgently heeded.




The World at 1°C ― 2016

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:25:10 +0000

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Since June we have been compiling monthly bulletins which highlight the reality of current climate change―impacts such as storms, droughts, floods, and scorching heat. We call it “The World at 1°C” to acknowledge the terrible fact that the global average temperature is already 1°C warmer than it was before the industrial revolution. In fact, it is now already 1.2°C warmer.




Canaries in the Coal Mine

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:09:25 +0000

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The “canary in a coal mine” is a metaphor originating from the time when caged birds were carried into the mines as an early warning system; the canary would die before methane and carbon gases reached levels hazardous to humans.