To the next generation, who must live with the decisions we make today.– J. Langholz & K. Turner


To the next generation, who must live with the decisions we make today.– J. Langholz & K. Turner

Call for Papers: 2004 Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) conference on “Water and Climate Change; knowledge for better adaptation”.

2004 Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) conference on “Water and Climate Change: knowledge for better adaptation”. June 16-18 Montréal, Qc. Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2004. Please visit the website linked below for more information.
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Job Posting: Climate Science and Impacts Staff Scientist Position

Climate Science and Impacts Staff Scientist Position (posted JUNE 4, 2003) The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks an individual to serve as climate change staff scientist and member of the Sound Science Initiative project team. Under the direction of the Deputy Director of the Global Environment Program, s/he will: Provide substantive guidance of UCS work to assess and publicize the ecological and societal impacts of climate change in specific regions of the United States. Design and guide collaborative analyses of the projected impacts of climate change on key sectors (agriculture, water resources tourism, coasts, etc). Lead production of report(s) and participate in the design and implementation of outreach and media strategies. Help craft project grant proposals and reports and manage relevant budgets. Initial focus will be on California with likely expansion to climate impacts activities in other regions of the US. Identify, develop and implement activities to strengthen public and policymaker understanding of climate change, the effectiveness of key climate science institutions and the sound representation of climate change science and impacts in the media including activities to support the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Maintain strong working relationships with prominent scientists in climate related fields, and engage members of the scientific community in UCS activities. Provide technical review of scientific and policy aspects of UCS climate change materials. Tailor the style and content of materials for technical and/or general audiences, as appropriate. Serve as media spokesperson on climate science and impacts issues. Maintain knowledge of developments and trends on key aspects of climate and global change science and help to determine appropriate UCS activities. Position requires in-depth knowledge of global change science, including the ecological and/or societal impacts of climate change, generally acquired through completion of a Ph.D in a relevant field, demonstrable skills in project management, an ability to understand the public policy aspects of climate change, strong public speaking skills, demonstrable ability to write for general audiences, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Successful candidates will have at least two years of related professional experience, including experience in communicating science to non-specialists and in developing and guiding collaborative projects. Supervisory experience is highly desirable. The position will be based in our Cambridge headquarters. Some travel will be required. To apply, send cover letter, vita, writing sample, and names of three references to: Deputy Director, Global Environment Union of Concerned Scientists Two Brattle Square Cambridge MA 02238 Email: No phone calls, please. UCS is an equal opportunity employer that continually seeks to diversify its staff and provides competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a rewarding working environment. More information is available at
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Stakeholder Review of Draft Municipal Best Practices

Stakeholder Review of Draft Best Practices The National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure continues to develop its Best Practice Guides. Please visit the website to view the modules that are currently open for stakeholder review. “The Guide is a tool that will help municipalities identify needs, evaluate solutions, extend the service life of existing infrastructure and maximize the return on their investment. It is a tool in support of municipalities’ decision-making and long-range infrastructure planning processes, resulting in considerable savings and improved quality of life. An integral part of our process is to obtain stakeholder input on these best practices. We encourage you to participate in the stakeholder review of these drafts. Comments should be returned to Nathalie Martel at (see sidebar). Your comments are greatly appreciated and will be carefully considered by the Guide working groups and appropriate changes will be made to the documents prior to their final release scheduled for September 2003. Any comments received after the formal review period (or as a result of the use of the best practice) will be considered in future updates to the best practices. You are also invited to visit our Web site at or contact us for further information at our toll-free number 1-866-330-3350.
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Conference Proceedings: Regional Perspectives on Climate Change in Northern BC

Regional Perspectives on Climate Change in Northern BC, Prince George, February 20, 2003 From Julia James at C-CIARN: This workshop brought together researchers and stakeholders to exchange information on climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Northern British Columbia. It was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection, C-CIARN BC and the University of Northern British Columbia. The proceedings from this workshop are now available in PDF format on the C-CIARN BC website: (follow link below) Julia James Coordinator C-CIARN British Columbia Canadian Climate Impact and Adaptation Research Network Institute of Resources and Environment University of British Columbia 436A-2206 East Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3 Phone: (604) 822-4428 Fax: (604) 822-9250
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National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure

The National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure just published eight new best practices. The topics are listed below. The Guide gathers, documents and creates best practices that support and encourage Canadian municipalities to use innovative approaches to deliver sustainable community infrastructure. The documents are available free of charge to municipalities across Canada. The eight new best practice topics are: · Water Use and Loss in the Water Distribution System · Selection of Technologies for the Rehabilitation or Replacement of a Water Distribution System · Guidelines for Sealing and Filling Cracks in Asphalt Concrete Pavement · Selection of Technologies for Sewer Rehabilitation or Replacement · Infiltration/Inflow Control/Reduction for Wastewater Collection Systems · Best Practices for Utility-Based Data · Source and On-Site Controls for Municipal Drainage Systems · Wastewater Source Control These best practices can be accessed by visiting our Web site (see link below). For those requiring a hard copy, please contact us at or call us toll free at 1-866-330-3350 and indicate the documents you wish to obtain. Other best practice topics are also available on the National Guide’s Web site. They include: · Timely Preventive Maintenance for Municipal Roads · Deterioration and Inspection of Water Distribution Systems · Planning and Defining Municipal Infrastructure Needs · Developing Levels of Service · Developing Indicators and Benchmarks · Alternate Funding Mechanism · The Construction of Utility Boxes in Pavements · The Restoration and Repair of Utility Boxes in Pavement
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