Events Archive

State of the Ocean Report

April 18, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

As part of the joint PICS/PCIC Pacific Climate Seminar Series, Dr. Bill Crawford presents “State of the Ocean up to 2012, British Columbia Edition.” Dr. Crawford will describe variability in BC’s coastal waters and their marine life in past years and right up to present day, showing how changes in persistent weather patterns can alter the coastal ocean and its ecosystem.  He will also discuss changes in marine species and ecosystems that remain unknown.

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Carbon Talks: Win-win solutions - smart approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation?

April 10, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join us this month to learn about the experiences of SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT).

As executive director of ACT, Deborah Harford is responsible for development of the initiative’s pioneering vision and its unique partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program. She also directs and produces ACT’s pioneering policy recommendations for effective adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication and promotion of the program’s outcomes.

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Climate change adaptation: reflections on experiences at UBC and a look ahead

April 3, 2012 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Dr. Stewart Cohen began his association with the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1995 to explore the relationship between human induced climate change and long-term sustainability. This experiment of having an Environment Canada scientist residing on campus for nearly 17 years produced some important learning moments. Please join us as Dr. Cohen reflects on these highlights and talks about the evolving role for adaptation research in enabling dialogue and decision making in response to climate change.

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Shaping communities as if sustainability mattered

March 28, 2012 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for a discussion with two of Vancouver’s most influential planning academics, Drs. Mark Roseland and Ron Kellett. Learn more from Mark Roseland about what’s happened at the community level in sustainable development since the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. Find out about Ron Kellett’s work on engaging citizens through “measured visualizations” to explore and express the links of energy, GHG emissions and community planning.

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Storyomics: proof that scientists evolved from humans

March 26, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

According to Randy Olson, many scientists suffer from ‘storyphobia’ (the irrational fear of ‘storytelling’), and he worries that this is a dangerous malady in an age of information-overload. A former marine biologist, Dr. Olson is a writer/director who lives and works in Los Angeles. His work focuses on the challenges involved in communicating science to the general public, and the current attacks on mainstream science in fields such as evolution and climate science.

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A real-time view of NE Pacific Ocean responses to an extreme storm event using NEPTUNE Canada high-frequency data

March 21, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

A much-discussed advantage of cabled ocean observatory systems over traditional shipboard or moored instruments is the ability to make continuous observations with multiple instruments during high-energy storm events. This presentation examines data recorded by NEPTUNE Canada instruments in the NE Pacific Ocean during an extreme storm event that occurred from 21-23 January 2012.

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Climate change and food security in BC

March 6, 2012 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

What is the impact of our changing climate on food production in British Columbia? How will it affect the province’s growing regions and our level of food self-sufficiency? This talk, co-presented by Dr. Francis Zwiers, Director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Dr. Aleck Ostry, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, will explore how BC’s climate has changed over the past century, discuss further changes likely to occur as a result of continuing greenhouse gas emissions and examine how this relates to the future of food security in BC.

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Insulting the world’s oceans

March 5, 2012 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Human activities are changing the character of the world’s oceans. Climate change and pollution are shifting the fundamental chemical balance of even our local seas. With higher carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the ocean is becoming more acidic. Despite these realities, new research at UVic can help support better decisions.

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Carbon Talks: Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan

February 29, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join us to learn about the formal launch this month of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan.

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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

February 19, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Find out about this soon-to-be released book in a free Vancouver public lecture by climate scientist and Nobel Laureate Michael E. Mann – author of the IPCC’s “Hockey Stick” Report that sparked a bitter controversy between scientists and science deniers. Hear the real story of the science and politics behind this controversy – and of the campaign to deny the reality of global climate change, one of the central scientific and policy issues of our time.

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