Events Archive

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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Why we disagree about climate change

February 15, 2012 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Scientists worldwide agree about the main causes of climate change, so why can’t the international community come to consensus on workable solutions? Join us for this free public lecture by UK climate scientist and author Prof. Mike Hulme on February 15, 2012. Hulme’s talk argues for the need to look beyond science and to connect with “people’s worldviews, beliefs and values” in the search for policy and societal solutions.

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The BC weather year in review for 2011: an introduction to PCIC climate analysis and monitoring

February 15, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

The climate analysis and monitoring theme at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is working with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the BC Ministry of Environment to better describe the climate of British Columbia. Part of this process is following the evolving weather events and seasonal climate of the province utilizing observations from weather and climate stations in the Climate Related Monitoring Program's networks. This presentation will discuss some of the climate anomalies (or lack of anomalies) for 2011.

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Limit climate change and stay healthy

January 25, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us for a discussion on the effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions on climate, how long these effects will persist, and what needs to be done to limit global warming to safe levels. Learn how to reduce climate change and become healthier by doing so, and hear about the world’s first (cost, barrier, advertisement, and carbon) free university (, and its training on climate change and health.

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