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Had we designed cities with nature in mind, we'd see fewer issues around flooding, pollution and excessive heat.
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But first he had to rescue himself.
"This was mission impossible, because it was such a logistical nightmare."
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Between 45 and 88 millimetres of rain fell overnight.
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"You’re talking about a perfect storm of pollution, environmental racism, and health risks."
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Hurricane Harvey leaves a path of devastation through Texas, destroying buildings and causing widespread power outages. Rising waters now threaten thousands of homes. Houston is under a flood warning...
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Keeping ecosystems healthy prevents climate disasters, saves money and improves resiliency.
Citizens are gradually being allowed to return home.
He ordered a mandatory evacuation on Sunday.
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The public safety minister says every level of government is pulling together to keep Canadians safe in what he describes as a very serious situation.
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Thousands of Canadians are desperately fighting rising waters.
As human-caused climate change continues to warm the planet, sea levels will rise, storms will grow stronger, floods more violent and draughts harsher. All of this puts some of the world's most vulnerable people at greater risk.
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The flooding is the worst in the region since 1998.
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Bold action to phase out HFCs could bring remarkable results. In Paris last year, leaders dared to set a goal of limiting global warming to below two degress Celsius. If we act in Kigali and phase out HFCs, scientists believe we could avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century.
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In my research on Canadian and American emergency management agencies, I've found significant differences between official disaster strategies and how disaster responses actually unfold. For example, 'lessons learned' and theories of emergency management consistently call for formal coordination of all the organizations involved in disaster response.
Southern Alberta's 2013 floods caused $6 billion in damage.
"This is common within the Harper Tories to find people whose views are based on... I don't know where they get their views from, but they're not scientific."
Earth is clearly experiencing more frequent extreme weather than in the past, and we can expect it to get worse as we burn more coal, oil and gas and pump more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This can have profound and costly impacts on everything from agriculture to infrastructure, not to mention human health and life.
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Ottawa emerged as the best prepared, with a score of A-minus.
There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security. They are the millions of indigenous people who live in the world's remaining forests. Often overlooked, ignored, marginalized and attacked, they stand at the heart of a global solution on climate change that all of us, whether we live in big cities or remote villages, can benefit from.
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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he has no doubt the federal government will approve his request for an advance of $100 million dollars for disaster relief. During the province's daily flood updat...
Depending on where you are, it's been getting hotter, colder, drier, wetter, stormier. Indeed, the changes, particularly the intensity of heatwaves and droughts, have been occurring faster than many scientists predicted. And that's made it a bit easier to feel there is something real about climate change.
Like smokers who put off quitting until their health starts to suffer, we're learning what happens when bad habits catch up with us. We're witnessing the terrible effects of fossil fuel addiction every day. Transport accidents are also increasing as governments and industry scramble to get fuels out of the ground and to market as quickly as possible.
When the flooding began in Canmore on the night of June 19th, nobody expected that the next few days would become such a nightmare for Southern Alberta. When the water finally began to recede, people transitioned from survival to recovery. Now, we're all learning to live with it.
The financial devastation is going to be incredibly difficult for many to handle. Even for those who have policies with insurance companies who are covering some of their damage, the floods have obliterated any budget planning and savings for a lot of families. We've been told for years that many Canadians are carrying too much debt. Something like this increases the burden of that weight and some may break under it.
As I lay here in my home in south Calgary I consider myself lucky and grateful. My home is completely dry, just like my home in Winnipeg back in the Flood of the Century of 1997. Although I was left unscathed I can still feel the confusion, frustration, and shock.
As we observe the historic flood and the damage it has done to this marvellous city and its neighbours, I wanted to list the great many things to celebrate about Calgary and southern Alberta. It's a reminder of why you should visit, once the water has receded and the restoration has begun.
We've only lived here for a year and a half but Calgary has been home to me for much longer than that. As a city we are blessed with incredible public services and fantastic first responders. And I'm watching as our flooded city floods them with love.
It is a terrible irony that in order to eke out a living, Ugandan villagers must farm Mount Elgon to the point where it threatens their survival. The loss of their land, and the destruction of the environment have put them at the mercy of forces beyond their control. As climate change places increasing pressures on the Third World such tragedies will become the norm.
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Ezra Levant acknowledges that exploiting and using fossil fuels has environmental impacts. Does that mean there is a hierarchy of ethical practices or that one ethical practice cancels out other unethical activities?
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- SLAVE LAKE, Alta. - They've already endured a raging wildfire and are now faced with a flood, but residents of Slave Lake, Alta., are staying positive. Fire Chief Jamie Coutts sa...
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- SLAVE LAKE, Alta. - Slave Lake, the northern Alberta town devastated by a forest fire, is being deluged with water. Heavy rain overnight has flooded basements and roads. Portions...