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California says oceans expected to rise higher than thought

April 28, 2017 The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – California says new climate change findings mean the ocean off the state’s coast is expected to rise higher than previously thought. The state’s Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised projections it provides to agencies to help them

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Desjardins Group and the Desjardins Group Pension Plan invest more than $1 billion in renewable energy and clean technologies

April 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins Group and the Desjardins Group Pension Plan (DGPP) announced on Friday that they have invested more than $1 billion in renewable energy and clean technologies. The financing came from Desjardins Group’s Capital Market Division and equity investments from the

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March and year-to-date second warmest on record for the world: NOAA

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

On the heels of the second warmest winter in its 138-year record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported that March 2017 and the year-to-date were the second warmest on record for the world. The March 2017 average

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Intact Ventures becomes strategic investor in Canadian IoT technology company Alert Labs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Ventures has made its first investment in Canada Alert Labs Inc., an Ontario provider of easy-to-install technology that offers residential and commercial property owners real-time water use, flood, leak, temperature and power alerts. Not only do the alerts generated

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Warm summer means increased risk of forest fires, meteorologists say

April 17, 2017 The Canadian Press

Nearly a year after the massive wildfire that devastated Fort McMurray, Alta., a climate scientist says there may be more forest fires in Canada this summer. “If the forecast’s right that it’s a warmer than normal summer, we’ll probably have

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Ontario launches global climate change challenge

April 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Ontario has launched a global climate change challenge, urging local and international companies to develop the “next generation of transformative clean technologies” to help combat the phenomenon. The provincial Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science said in

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Government of Alberta boosts Calgary’s flood resilience with $13.4 million investment

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta announced on Wednesday that it is investing about $13.4 million to help the City of Calgary boost its flood readiness. Six provincial grants are part of $63 million earmarked in Budget 2017 to help Alberta communities

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Construction of mitigation infrastructure to protect against flood should be seen as nation-building projects: Australian insurers

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) cited the Canadian government’s budget commitment to create a Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund in a recommendation to its own federal government to treat the construction of mitigation infrastructure to protect flood-prone towns as

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Hundreds of icebergs clog shipping lanes, forcing ships to reroute

April 10, 2017 The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – More icebergs have drifted into major shipping lanes off Newfoundland, forcing ships to go far out of their way to steer clear of the massive ice mountains. “It’s the only place in the world where icebergs

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U.S. senate committee holding field hearing on economic impacts of extreme weather and coastal flooding

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is holding a field hearing in West Palm Beach, Fl. to discuss the economic impacts of extreme weather and coastal flooding. Lead by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), the hearing, titled “Extreme

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Preparation, not panic, is the way to address earthquake risk: IBC’s Don Forgeron

April 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

When talk turns to the possibility of a major earthquake in Canada, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), advises that the response should be to prepare, not to panic. “No one should spend their day

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Government infrastructure, climate change programs ‘have to merge:’ Chiarelli

April 6, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Municipalities looking for infrastructure funding from upper levels of government should make sure they have 10-year “asset management” plans, while upper levels of government need to keep in mind greenhouse gas emissions when drawing up their infrastructure plans, Ontario’s infrastructure