Events Archive

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 (NextGenU.org), and its training on climate change and health.

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New developments in inertial fusion energy

January 24, 2012 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

The expected global increase in energy demand will require significant new generation capability and evolution to cleaner, more sustainable sources. Fusion – the source of energy in our sun and stars – has the potential to meet such demand. Fusion energy will be transformative: large energy reserves, no long-term radioactive products as for fission, no possibility of reactor run-away, no greenhouse gas emissions, suitability for central power plant operation, universal fuel availability, as well as a small amount of fuel that has to be transported and disposed of as waste.

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Reporting on sustainability progress at the University of Victoria

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

The University of Victoria (UVic) holds an important leadership position as one of the most sustainable campuses in Canada. In 2009, UVic developed a Sustainability Policy and a Sustainability Action Plan for Campus Operations, 2009-2014 through extensive consultation with students, staff and faculty, as well as community members. Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communication on performance are important factors in advancing sustainability within an institution with diverse interests, operational complexities and challenges.

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Debunking climate myths in the age of new media

November 30, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Australian author, blogger and creator of the influential award-winning Skeptical Science website, John Cook, will hold his only BC public lecture at the University of Victoria.  skepticalscience.com - which analyses climate change skeptics’ arguments against peer-reviewed scientific findings - attracts a huge global audience.

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Harnessing technological innovation for a carbon-free future

November 24, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Drs. David Wilkinson and Elicia Maine will share their thoughts on how to harness technological innovation for a carbon-free future. Join us for this climate-solutions discussion on the role new innovative technology can play in a sustainable carbon-free future, and some of the challenges to its commercialization. In some cases, innovative technology can go a long way to addressing political, social, economic, policy and interconnected issues. This event will be moderated by Dr.

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Climate policies for real-world politics

October 20, 2011 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

On October 20, Drs. Kathryn Harrison and Dr. Mark Jaccard will come together to discuss climate policies for real-world politics. Reflect with Mark on critical questions, such as “What do you do when your government knowingly permits investments that prevent it from meeting its promises?” Consult with Kathryn on how the Canadian political system may need to change to address the new global climate reality.

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Wind power integration: how useful is a smarter grid?

October 19, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Today’s electricity system is not smart. Its design was not made to cope effectively with increased electricity generation from wind and other variable and distributed energy resources. Wind energy fed into the power system can reduce reliance on traditional energy resources and associated emissions, but generally requires complementary power generation to balance fluctuations in wind-generating capacity and to ensure that supply meets demand. This can reduce the intended environmental and economic benefits of wind power.

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A 100% renewable electricity system for New Zealand

October 12, 2011 - 9:30am to 10:30am

New Zealand’s electricity system is dominated by hydro generation (54%), augmented with about 31% fossil-fuelled generation plus contributions from geothermal, wind and biomass resources. In order to explore the potential for a 100% renewable electricity generation system with substantially increased levels of wind penetration, fossil-fuelled electricity production was removed from a historic three year data set (2005-2007) and replaced by modelled electricity production from wind and geothermal resources.

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