Events Archive

Implications of future development pathways for the risks of climate change

February 2, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The risks of climate change will be due not just to the hazards associated with changes in weather and climate, but also the extent to which natural and human systems are exposed to these hazards, the sensitivity of exposed systems, and the ability of natural and human systems to prevent, prepare for, and cope with impacts that arise.  Exposure, sensitivity, and capacity will change over time, depending on individual and collective choices, how these choices interact, and their short- and longer-term consequences.  Therefore, considering development pathways is an important context when pro

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Carbon Capture and Conversion: Opportunities, Challenges, and Potential

January 27, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

What are the challenges, opportunities, and research pathways for carbon capture and recovery?

Even with the ambitious adoption of new and ambitious climate and clean energy policies and technology, many say that we will still lose the race to limit global warming to 2°C by the end of the century. Leading climate thinkers like Tim Flannery assert that, if the world is to avoid exacerbating climate change, new "climate negative" technologies will need to be developed and adopted in order to draw CO2 from the air and either re-use or store it.

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Wind 2.0: Next Generation Wind Energy

January 26, 2016 - 5:00pm

Often when people think of wind power, they think of tall white turbines standing still, waiting for a gust of wind so they can generate electricity. Traditional windmill models rely on strong currents and backup sources to provide consistent energy, however, Airborne Wind Energy Systems are working on solutions for dependable wind power. These systems employ tethered wings or aircrafts that reach high altitudes to access consistent jet streams and reliable wind currents.

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Renewed Voices: Will the “un-muzzling” of federal scientists affect government policies and ethics?

January 26, 2016 - 5:00pm

Panel discussion, open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Suggested Minimum Donation: $5

Space is limited. Please confirm your seat


Andrew Weaver: Green Party MLA, Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Sybil Seitzinger: Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Evert Lindquist: Professor, School of Public Administration Editor, Canadian Public Adminisration

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Carbon Talks - Après Paris: A COP21 Debrief

December 17, 2015 - 12:30pm

After the UN climate talks, what's next for climate and energy in BC and Canada?

Join us for a free public dialogue to hear from three attendees of the Paris climate talks one week after the negotiations conclude.

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Opportunities for GreenTech in a Renewable City

December 16, 2015 - 5:00pm

Building on the Greenest City Action Plan, the City of Vancouver just adopted its Renewable City Strategy and will move to 100% renewable energy in the electricity, heating & cooling, and transportation sectors by 2050. This policy is based on a massive increase in energy efficiency and is part of a movement towards 100% renewable energy by a number of world cities including Copenhagen, San Francisco, Munich, and Frankfurt.

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Emerging Signals of Climate Change, and Getting Past International Gridlock with Dr. Susan Solomon

November 27, 2015 - 3:00pm

Please join us for a seminar with Dr. Susan Solomon hosted by UBC's Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, with support for live webcasting from Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). Dr. Solomon's talk will focus on research devoted to identifying signals of climate change in different parts of the world, followed by a discussion on implications for international agreements and a perspective on the upcoming Paris negotiations and beyond.

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The Renewable Revolution: Cultivating Green Technology for Developing Nations

November 25, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The global shift to renewable energy is underway and international attention has focused on deployment in developing nations. As countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America continue to grow in population and GDP, so have their energy demands. These countries are in a unique position to leapfrog over traditional energy sources and incorporate renewables directly into their growing infrastructure. Significant potential exists for the construction of diverse power grids, with biomass, hydropower, wind and solar energy.

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