Author Archives: Cheryl Bradbee

How cities are spearheading adaptation action

Cities, as hubs of innovation and diversity, play a critical role in leading climate action. From deploying Nature-based Solutions to implementing waste management techniques, they are not only adapting to the challenges posed by climate change but are setting examples on how to thrive in the face of climate change. Discover how cities part of […]

We have given Earth a fever

On the afternoon of 3 May 2016, firefighters spotted a plume of smoke near the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray. It was early in the fire season for the subarctic region and slabs of ice were still floating on its lakes. A water-bombing helicopter was immediately scrambled but it was already too late. Within […]

Climate Data for a Resilient Canada: Spatial Analogues

Spatial analogues are locations (in this case, cities) where one or more descriptor of climate is similar to that projected for another location in the future. In other words, they are locations that are currently experiencing one or more of the climatic conditions that we would expect our target location to experience in the future. […]

Eco-grief: Coping with our climate crisis

I’ve been struggling with grieving all summer. It has seemed overwhelming. I’m glad there is more discussion about it all. That is critical but now we need political action to make change. And yet, on Thanksgiving, I am still full of gratitude for the beauty of the world around me. The fall colors are lovely. […]

The Climate Changed What do we do now?

I was reminded by the recent flooding in New York City how climate change impacts cities. Our roads turn into death traps during such flash floods. How do we need to rethink and redesign roads? One idea is to consider water containment and removal wholistically along with roads. That is, use green infrastructure along with […]

Planet Wreckers: How 20 Countries’ Oil and Gas Extraction Plans Risk Locking in Climate Chaos

If these 20 Planet Wreckers said “no” to their planned new oil and gas production, as the UN Secretary General is urging them to, 173 billion tonnes (Gt) of carbon pollution would be kept in the ground. That is equivalent to the lifetime pollution of nearly 1,100 new coal plants, or more than 30 years […]

“Negligent manslaughter”: Climate change could kill 1 billion mostly poor people

By the end of the century, nearly 1 billion mostly poor people could die due to climate change, a new study suggests. If climate change reaches 2°C higher than pre-industrial levels, the level of death it will unleash would be catastrophic, according to research published in the scientific journal Energies. If true, this means that […]

Climate Action Conference

My job is to send them off, motivated and informed to move as quickly as possible in both reducing emissions and engaging in actions to promote adaptation to climate extremes. This is where I will be speaking on Sept. 22, 2023 Spread the word