Events Archive

Prospects for a revenue-neutral tax swap in America

November 15, 2012 - 7:15pm

A former Republican Congressman for South Carolina and current director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, Bob Inglis will survey the centre-right political landscape in America and discuss prospects for conservative support of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. American progressives promote climate and energy policies that grow government. Without a limited-government approach on the table, many conservatives have taken to rejecting the existence of a market failure.

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"Visualizing Climate Change" Book Launch and Celebration

November 15, 2012 - 4:00pm

Carbon dioxide and climate change are largely invisible. This book by UBC Professor Stephen Sheppard demonstrates new ways to make carbon and climate change visible where we care the most, in our own backyards and local communities. Using compelling visual imagery, we can learn to interpret the science, recognize local implications, and imagine future solutions through a new climate change lens. The book provides comprehensive guidance on new visual media tools for community engagement and mobilizing climate action on the world’s greatest crisis.

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Bio-energy production in the British Columbia forest industry

November 7, 2012 - 1:00pm

Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in bio-energy in BC.  The BC Hydro bio-energy calls, Federal Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program, BC Bio-energy Strategy, Biopathways project, and the MLA’s Bio-economy Strategy are all examples of the growing enthusiasm for bio-energy.  All of these programs and strategies anticipate a substantial growth in bio-energy in the near future.  However, very little data exist on the current level of bio-energy production and use of wood fibre.  This lack of data severely limits our analysis of the true potential of bio-energy

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CarbonTalks: Provincial climate change policy - making progress since 2008

November 6, 2012 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Please join us for the chance to hear Minister of Environment Terry Lake speak on BC's climate change policy over the last four years. This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand about BC's climate change policy, where it has been, and where it will be going. As with all of our public Carbon Talks, there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and dialogue.

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Talking past each other? Cultural framing of skeptical and convinced logics in the climate change debate

October 26, 2012 - 9:00am

This presentation analyzes the extent to which two institutional logics around climate change – the climate change “convinced” and the climate change “skeptical” logics – are truly competing or talking past each other in a way that can be described as a logic schism. Drawing on the concept of framing from social movement theory, Dr.

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Culture, ideology and a social consensus on climate change

October 25, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

The social debate around climate change is no longer about carbon dioxide and climate models. It is about values, culture, worldviews and ideology. As physical scientists explore the mechanics and implications of anthropogenic climate change, social scientists explore the cultural reasons for why people support or reject their scientific conclusions. What we find is that scientists do not hold the definitive final word in the public debate on this issue. Instead, the public develops positions that are consistent with the values held by others within their social networks.

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GreenTech Exchange Forum (Vancouver): Distributed small grid systems: development, trends and applications

October 25, 2012 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Over the recent years, smart grid has emerged as an important framework to realize the desirable goals of efficiency and cost effectiveness for an electricity transmission system. A smart grid integrates two-way digital communication technology that analyzes, monitors and streamlines the system to maximize throughput, while promoting and enabling a reduction of overall energy consumption.

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GreenTech Exchange Forum (Victoria): Geopower and geoexchange: how Canada's crust can help meet our power and demand side management needs

October 25, 2012 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

As the need for renewable sources of energy continues to grow, geothermal power will be an important part of the picture. Our panel of experts will discuss the potential for geothermal energy in BC and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

Complimentary registration is now open to GreenTech Exchange members; new members are welcome.

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Doors open at 5.30, event starts at 6 pm.

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Water security: governance and climate change challenges from a Canadian perspective

October 24, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Please join us for a free lecture by Diana Allen and Karen Bakker as part of the UBC SFU public letcure series.

Dr. Diana Allen (PhD from Carleton University) is professor of hydrogeology in the department of earth sciences at Simon Fraser University and an expert member of UNESCO’s GRAPHIC (Groundwater Resources under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change) programme.

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Hydrologic responses to future climate change: incorporating the effects of changing land cover

October 24, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Hundreds if not thousands of studies have assessed the potential hydrologic responses to future climate scenarios. However, relatively few studies have incorporated the effects of land cover changes, which can result from direct or indirect effects of climate change (e.g., glacier retreat, forest mortality associated with insect outbreaks)  as well as human manipulation (e.g., forest harvesting).

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