“More and more thoughtful people are concerned that climate change, in combination with a number of contributing environmental circumstances, is poised to create a perfect storm of economic, social and political consequeces,” stated Bob Sandford.
Understanding Water Resources
“There are two responses to climate change: mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation is alleviating the effects of climate change through reducing greenhouse gases. Adaptation is responding to the changes that will inevitably occur. If migation is about CARBON, then adaptation is about WATER,” stated Jim Mattison.
In the first excerpt, Chris Wood observes that activists routinely assert that U.S. states are “looking toward Canada’s water” as a “quick-fix solution” to regional water crises but rarely if ever identify the states in question. Perhaps because none exist.
Atlanta’s drought, California’s fires, Mexico’s flood, Canada’s weird winters year after year… this book connects the dots in a lively way between the headlines, the climate science and the forecast for tomorrow and the day after. Dry Spring spells out the weather forecast for North America and the urgent reasons to begin preparing for the storm just over the horizon.
“The debate about Climate Change has generated a policy war between proponents of “hard caps” versus those who favour “intensity unit” approaches to regulating discharges of greenhouse gases. The author argues that intensity units are an effective tool for measuring performance in reducing pollution and ensuring that the public interest is protected,” wrote Peter Krahn.
“To capture audience attention and set a tone, I opened with a reference to ‘Blue Ecology and Climate Change’, an article by Michael Blackstock. He sees as essential the acknowledgement of water’s central functional and spiritual roles in our world, and urges us to apply both respect and science-based understanding,” reports Kim Stephens
Fraser Basin Council – Bacgrounder cover (300p)
On November 6, 2007 the Fraser Basin Council hosted a workshop in Vancouver on adaptive decision-making, water management and climate change. The workshop was held in order to guide future Fraser Basin Council programs related to climate change and adaptation.
“Climate change is not the driver; rather, it is a variable. The key is to focus on what you want to do. Because many factors are in play, the objective is to build in resiliency to address risk,” stated Kim Stephens
The Ministry of Environment held a one-day workshop in Nanaimo in March 2007 to provide technical information and highlight the work being done related to water quality issues on Vancouver Island.
Return periods are common in regulations and in 'standard engineering practice'. However, using return periods without considering their response to climate variability and climate change could result in poor long-term decision making and prevent proactive adaptation if not put into the context of climate change.