September 19, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
At the December 2015 Paris climate conference (COP21), 195 countries agreed to reduce their carbon emissions and limit global climate change. While the agreement was ambitious, it also recognized that less developed countries would require more time to begin reducing their emissions. While some question whether it is fair to hold them to the same standard as societies that grew wealthy from carbon-driven industry, it is also clear that many of these countries have the most to lose.
July 13, 2016 - 3:00pm
Fossil fuel combustion and associated release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere is warming Earth. The warming is particularly profound in high northern latitudes but its impacts are global, ranging broadly from insults to human health to distortions of world food prices to an increasing frequency of deluges and floods. Moreover, carbon dioxide emissions are acidifying the sea, with serious pending consequences for marine life including coral reefs. We have a small window of opportunity to slow such changes; a first step must be to remove coal from our energy diet.
June 7, 2016 - 12:30pm
Now is the time for climate action - so what are the marks of effective leadership in this area?
Clean Energy in The Age of Green Economy – Investment, Projects and Economic Impact, A British Columbia Perspective
May 25, 2016 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
On April 22nd, 2016, top level representatives of 175 countries, including Canada, gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC and signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This signing represented a culmination of continuing, and growing interest in the environment and associated sustainable development globally. It provides a roadmap for climate actions that will reduce emissions and build climate resilience.
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.
May 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
April 20, 2016 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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.
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:
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.