Webcast Events Archive

British Columbia's climate plan and the urban opportunity

February 9, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

A conversation with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

When British Columbia laid out its first climate plan a decade ago, it set a precedent, embracing local governments to drive greenhouse gas reductions. As North America’s first jurisdiction to require community-level emissions targets, B.C. influenced other climate leaders, such as California, Ontario, and Oregon.

Today, ten years later, greenhouse gas emissions in the B.C. are virtually unchanged. The province and most local governments are not on track to meet their targets.

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Evaluating our Climate Policy Options for Accelerating GHG Reduction

January 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Explicit carbon pricing policies (carbon tax, cap-and-trade) are frequently described as the optimal way to achieve GHG reduction targets. But real-world evidence suggests that politicians who are serious about accelerating GHG reduction also employ implicit carbon pricing (command-and-control regulations, flexible regulations).

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Love & Turtles: Reflections on the Art, Change, and Creativity (ACC) research project, and initial analyses of exhibition-collected “pebbles” on climate change

January 26, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

What happens when you raise questions about climate change in unusual ways, in un-conventional places? We address this question by presenting on exploratory climate change engagements conducted in Prince George, BC. We detail project components and initial analyses from the Art, Change and Creativity (ACC)* project (2015-17), a project conceived by a multi-disciplinary team with two UNBC Undergraduate Research Experience award recipients (Paltzat and Brown).

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2018 CIRC Forum: Cumulative impacts policy and practice in northern BC

January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm to January 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is supporting the UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), and the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO)  to convene a policy-oriented symposium addressing the future of resource communities in a shifting political landscape. This event will provide opportunities for conversations with people and organizations interested in and actively working on issues related to the myriad impacts of resource development throughout northern BC.

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Climate change: legal risk and opportunities for professionals

November 22, 2017 - 3:00pm


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More Equitable Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in a More-Than-Human World

November 17, 2017 - 3:30pm

Climate change is a threat to ecosystems and human communities across the globe. Some climate change adaptation strategies have the potential to generate additional risks and vulnerabilities (e.g., geoengineering, desalination). However, instead of taking the proverbial political ecology ‘hatchet’ to critique these strategies, this talk focuses on the ‘seeds’ of more equitable adaptations that account for the needs of the human and more-than-human world.

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Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration - The Challenge of Climate Refugees

October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Who will be tending your garden when the ocean rises? An octopus? A sea star?

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Primary Forests and Roadless Areas in the “Anthropocene:” Why We Need Wild Places for Our Survival

September 15, 2017 - 3:30pm

Primary forests and roadless areas are disappearing at an alarming rate. Earth has lost ~35% of its pre-agricultural forest cover over centuries with only ~32% remaining as primary forest (unlogged). About 80% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface (all cover types) remains free or roads but these areas are fragmented into 600,000 patches, more than half of which are <1 square kilometer and only 7% that are >100 square kilometers. The disappearance of intact areas needs to be a central focus of global sustainability efforts and climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches.

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If a Tree Falls in A Forgotten Rainforest Does Anybody Hear?

September 14, 2017 - 7:30pm

When most people think of rainforests, Avatar-like visions of lush equatorial forests populated by howler monkeys swinging from treetops, colorful butterflies and toucans punctuating the green background, and aboriginal people coexisting with the rainforest’s life-support systems come to mind. But not all rainforests are in the tropics. Temperate and boreal rainforests make up less than 3 percent of the Earth’s forests, are found in only 10 regions, are globally important, but many are endangered. The Pacific Coastal region of North America contains the largest concentration in the world.

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