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Germany Pledges $1 Billion to UN Green Climate Fund

Germany’s is the first national GCF commitment, with Chancellor Merkel pledging the funds during the fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin last week. Some 35 national ministers met in Berlin for the two-day conference, paving the way forward toward a new global climate treaty.

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Four British Columbia Professional Associations Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change

Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners, members of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Association of Professional Biology, College of Applied Biology and Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners will integrate climate science throughout their memberships and call on government to support strong action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Sea Level Rise will continue despite what we do to slow global warming. We must learn to adapt to changing global coastlines

Green and Sustainable is Well and Good – It Will Not Stop Sea Level Rise

By John Englander Editor’s note: the following post is republished here with the author’s permission. The article first appeared on JohnEnglander.net. See his TED talk as he describes how we must learn to adapt even as we work to slow climate change.  Most of us today strive to be more “green” and sustainable. Efforts range from reducing our energy use and our “carbon…

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First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

The changing shorelines from rising sea levels is unstoppable. We must learn to adapt to this new reality.

Rising Seas – Adapting to Changing Coastlines

Sea level rise and the changing shoreline Oceanographer and author of High Tide on Main Street, John Englander is a leading expert and educator on sea level rise. In this TED talk Englander explains how human civilization takes for granted global coastlines, given that for all of recorded human history, it hasn’t really moved in any significant way. But that is changing. The new reality,…

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Morocco Awards Contract to Build Largest Water Desalination Plant

The threat and rising costs of climate change are already apparent in Morocco, which is experiencing more frequent droughts and shorter growing seasons. The government is turning to seawater desalination as a means to compensate.

The cost of climate change induced flooding has already risen into trillions of dollars. Without rapid climate change mitigation and adaptation, the cost in lives and property will only soar.

The Costs of Climate Change Induced Flooding

The combination of thermal expansion, melting ice, and extreme precipitation are contributing to flooding, which significantly increases the costs of climate change. Recent flooding in Central Europe accrued unprecedented costs and the UK in particular experienced some of the worst flooding in the island nation’s history. We have seen record setting downpours in Japan and recurrent widespread flooding in Australia. Last summer, we…

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