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Too Much Water and Too Little Water: How Do We Adapt to Climate Change?


Hans Schreier (120p)
Climate change is resulting in increased variability and since we are unable to slow down the change in the short run we need to us new innovative measures to manage water resources. To adapt to these new conditions requires a rethinking of how we build infrastructure and how we use water.

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Fraser River Will Surge Over Dikes, Experts Find

Award-wiinning science journalist Chris Wood has written a series of articles on how global warming will affect British Columbia and what we can do about it. In a story titled “Fraser River Will Surge Over Dikes”, Wood describes how hundreds of thousands of Lower Mainland residents living behind dikes along the Fraser River face a far more deadly flood threat than they know.

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Pumping Blind

Award-wiinning science journalist Chris Wood has written a series of articles on how global warming will affect British Columbia and what we can do about it. In a story titled “Pumping Blind”, Wood describes how with each passing year, we're pumping more from the buried lakes and slow-moving underground streams known as aquifers.

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Global Warming’s Threat to BC: Seeking Solutions

Award-wiinning science journalist Chris Wood has written a series of articles on how global warming will affect British Columbia and what we can do about it. In a story titled “Global Warming's Threat to BC: Seeking Solutions”, he explains why one stunningly simple key could unlock enormous opportunities to make water go further.

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Drying Up the Okanagan

Award-wiinning science journalist Chris Wood has written a series of articles on how global warming will affect British Columbia and what we can do about it. In a story titled “Drying Up the Okanagan”, he explains why this thirsty region is the 'canary in the coal mine' for British Columbia and water.

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Climate change and the future of Okanagan water resources

Climate change is a topic occupying many people’s minds. Statisticians examine decades of climate data looking for trends; scientists pursue the development of temperature and precipitation models to predict future climatic fluctuations; politicians argue about reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and the world’s citizens look to an uncertain future for their children and grandchildren. Many studies have determined that global climate patterns are changing. But what does the future hold for us here in B.C.? A group of researchers set out to answer that question.

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Impact of Climate Change at a Provincial Scale

If warming trends continue, over the next 100 years we could get up to 20% more rain, an 88-centimetre jump in sea levels, rivers drying up, a big dent in salmon migration and a spreading of the mountain pine beetle. British Columbia's average temperature could also increase by 4-degrees Celsius. Northern BC's temperature has climbed 1.7-degrees Celsius over the past 100 years, three times the global average.

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