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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.