Events Archive

FACTS - Biodiversity and Innovation public conference

May 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted by France last December (COP 21 - Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States have been organizing the FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate Talks) conference series since 2014.

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GreenTech Exchange Forum: Remote Sensing Technologies

April 19, 2016 - 5:30pm

Environmental monitoring has reached a new level with the widespread use of remote sensing technologies. Digital ortho-photography, thermal imaging and airborne LiDar are just some of the technologies used to assess our changing environment. Beyond analyzing physical changes to our landscapes, these technologies have several other applications for sustainability including assessing land for renewable energy projects, for urban planning, and for disaster responses. Join us April 19 for a discussion on remote sensing technologies and an extended networking session.

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Balancing wild fire, prescribed fire, forest health, and public health

April 18, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Wild fires are becoming more frequent and intense as the climate changes, and their smoke can affect local, regional, and global air quality. Use of prescribed fire can help to mitigate the risk of wild fire, but these burns also generate smoke that can affect populations. Experts will use this one-day public forum to explore the trade-offs between wild fire, prescribed fire, forest health, and public health. Themes, topics, and speakers will include:

Introduction to fire and smoke:

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UBC Reads Sustainability presents Naomi Klein

April 7, 2016 - 12:00pm

Forget everything you think you know about global warming.  On April 7th, join UBC Reads Sustainability as we welcome Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, columnist, and #1 international bestselling author, as she delivers her most provocative talk yet.

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Climate Change and YOU: Making 1.5 a Reality

March 31, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Canadian government stunned many at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December when they supported a 1.5 degree ceiling on climate warming.  Where did this number come from? What would it mean for both the Canadian and the Global carbon budgets?

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Changing extremes-is it real, or just imagined?

March 30, 2016 - 3:00pm

Today's electronic and print media are replete with stories about extreme weather and climate events from all over the world. These stories draw our attention because of their immediacy and the devastating impacts of these events, which often result in deaths and are costly in terms of the damage caused.

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Levelling the playing field as Vancouver implements its Renewable City Strategy

March 23, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

What are the roles of equity, justice, and democratic process as the City of Vancouver moves forward with its energy planning?

According to the World Energy Council, energy equity is about accessibility and affordability of energy supply across the population. While cities are demonstrating climate and energy leadership, they will need to do so while ensuring affordability of renewable energy.

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The Future of Canada's Oil Sands in an Emissions Constrained World

March 16, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

With hundreds of countries commiting to aggressive emissions reductions at the UN climate talks at COP21 in Paris this past December, a signal has been sent to world markets and future investors. We are now living in a carbon constrained world. But what does that mean for global oil production and consumption and the future of the Canadian oil sands? Join CIGI, the David Suzuki Foundation, and Carbon Talks for a discussion with author and economist Jeff Rubin, as he shares his long-term outlook on Canada’s fossil fuel production.

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