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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.