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Adaptation to Climate Change 2014

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Mar 9, 2014 08:00 EDT - Jul 20, 2014 11:59 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jul 21, 2014 12:00 EDT - Aug 5, 2014 08:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Aug 5, 2014 08:01 EDT - Aug 16, 2014 11:59 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Aug 16, 2014 08:00 EDT - Sep 3, 2014 12:59 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Sep 3, 2014 12:00 EDT - Oct 2, 2014 12:00 EDT
Winners awarded
Winners are announced for the Judges’ and Popular Choice Awards

Oct 2, 2014 12:01 EDT
What can be done to adapt to the impacts of climate change?

Climate change is a global problem whose challenges must be met at the local and regional level. Scientists have predicted its impacts to include changes in precipitation, heat waves, increased extreme weather events and disaster intensity, increased flooding and desertification, reduced fresh water resources, changes in disease patterns, and more. Even if we were able to aggressively reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, mean sea levels may rise between 26-54 cm by 2100 under the most conservative scenarios (IPCC 2013), and most projections foresee even higher effects. All of this is likely to affect plant, animal and human life. As such, it is imperative that we act now through conscious adaptation efforts, particularly at the local level, to create more resilient and climate-smart communities. Developing regions will bear a disproportionate risk, and their fate may largely be determined by decisions made in regions with the least incentive to act. This contest seeks to explore innovative institutional, educational, financial, and other means by which we can increase global and local preparedness for climate change on both domestic and international scales. Click here for contest details

5 Proposals
Oct 9, 2015
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Systems thinking leads to a regional desalination plan to replace a narrowly-conceived, costly and destructive groundwater pumping plan.
Aug 16, 2014
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Engage public/legislators/private industry to enact tax credits and provide financing subsidies for sustainability and resiliency projects.
Aug 14, 2014
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Implementation of climate strategy at Municipal level by empowering and training local actors with focus on agriculture and water resources.
Jul 19, 2014
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Mangroves to address sea level rise and coastal erosion
Apr 13, 2014
A toolkit of actions that individuals and communities can take to adapt to the impacts of climate change in the Region of Waterloo.