Events Archive

Public health and climate change

March 31, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Climate change, extreme weather events and sea-level rise threaten large populations around the world. Impor¬tant vulnerabilities for public health in this changing environment are air quality, extreme heat and drinking water. Dr. Brauer from UBC will present “Fires, smoke and heat: a good news bad news story?” The bad news: Climate can negatively impact health via multiple pathways.

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Environmental Quality plus Human Equality – The Path to True Sustainability

March 28, 2011 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Visiting British academic and author Julian Agyeman offers solutions for achieving a better quality of life for all through a combination of environmental sustainability and social justice, in a special public lecture in Victoria. Dr. Agyeman turns the common view of environmental quality and human equality as being separate issues on its head. Using examples from around the world, his talk will demonstrate how caring for people and the environment go hand-in-hand, and that we face a bleak future if we neglect that symbiotic relationship.

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The psychology of climate change

March 22, 2011 - 10:45am to 11:45am

The human dimension is crucial in understanding climate change processes as well as developing adaptation and mitigation measures. This talk will explore the contribution of psychological approaches to climate solutions, focusing on perceptions and behavior change. Dr. Pahl will discuss why the human mind has difficulty understanding big challenges such as climate change and illustrate how we can help people to better understand such issues. Specifically, she will present data from two projects.

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When the wind blows: the economic and environmental effects of adding wind generation to the grid

March 16, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

International policies to increase renewable energy production are aimed at developing emissions-free energy sources. However, wind, solar, tidal and run-of-river technologies require special attention with respect to electricity grid operations, because their primary energy sources (wind, natural water flow and sunlight) are uncontrollable and unstorable. Wind energy is by far the fastest-growing new renewable generation technology and also experiences the greatest variability and intermittency.

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Sustainable systems as if people mattered

February 24, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Changing behaviour—especially the ways we use energy and water—is an essential part of any climate solution. Yet, our urban systems often preclude people from understanding and control¬ling them to improve efficiency. Dr. Stephen Sheppard, Dr. Lyn Bartram and Dr. Woodbury come together to present two multi-university research projects—the Greenest City Conversations Project and Human-Centred Systems for Sustainable Living.

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Creating a climate for change

January 27, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

On January 27, Dr. Simon Donner and Dr. Alex Clapp will speak at a free public lecture series presented by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), in collaboration with UBC and SFU. This lecture, “Creating a Climate for Change,” will explore scientific and social factors that influence the public’s uncertainty about climate change, including socio-cultural barriers such as long-held beliefs that weather is beyond human control. Dr. Donner of UBC will present “Why you don’t believe in climate change.” Dr.

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Threatening seas: sea-level rise, coastal flooding and erosion

October 27, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

On October 27, Dr. John Clague and Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi will speak at a new, free public lecture series presented by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), in collaboration with Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. The second in the series, this

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Smart energy on an urban scale

September 29, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

On September 29, Nancy Olewiler and John Robinson will speak at a new, free public lecture series presented by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), in collaboration with Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. The first in the series, this lecture will explore smart or integrated energy systems. Dr. Olewiler of Simon Fraser University will present “There are $100 bills on the ground: why we need integrated energy systems.” Dr.

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FutureGrid: BC’s Energy Options in a Changing Environment

June 14, 2010 (All day) to June 16, 2010 (All day)

The aim of this two-day forum was to spark a much-needed constructive discussion on the province’s future electricity regime. FutureGrid fostered informed debate among energy experts, climate change researchers and the public over whether BC should expand its electricity production and become a major energy exporter, as laid out in BC’s Clean Energy Act.

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Decoding Carbon Pricing: Achieving a Low Carbon Society for BC

June 8, 2009 (All day) to June 10, 2009 (All day)

Around 250 people attended the "Decoding Carbon Pricing" forum, which heard from a wide range of climate change experts and policymakers from government and the business, academic and NGO communities. This event marked the launch of PICS' new, annual forum series on climate change topics, created to provide a venue where controversial issues can be examined critically and policy approaches explored.

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