Events Archive

A real-time view of NE Pacific Ocean responses to an extreme storm event using NEPTUNE Canada high-frequency data

March 21, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

A much-discussed advantage of cabled ocean observatory systems over traditional shipboard or moored instruments is the ability to make continuous observations with multiple instruments during high-energy storm events. This presentation examines data recorded by NEPTUNE Canada instruments in the NE Pacific Ocean during an extreme storm event that occurred from 21-23 January 2012.

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Climate change and food security in BC

March 6, 2012 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

What is the impact of our changing climate on food production in British Columbia? How will it affect the province’s growing regions and our level of food self-sufficiency? This talk, co-presented by Dr. Francis Zwiers, Director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Dr. Aleck Ostry, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, will explore how BC’s climate has changed over the past century, discuss further changes likely to occur as a result of continuing greenhouse gas emissions and examine how this relates to the future of food security in BC.

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Insulting the world’s oceans

March 5, 2012 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Human activities are changing the character of the world’s oceans. Climate change and pollution are shifting the fundamental chemical balance of even our local seas. With higher carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the ocean is becoming more acidic. Despite these realities, new research at UVic can help support better decisions.

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Carbon Talks: Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan

February 29, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join us to learn about the formal launch this month of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan.

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The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

February 19, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Find out about this soon-to-be released book in a free Vancouver public lecture by climate scientist and Nobel Laureate Michael E. Mann – author of the IPCC’s “Hockey Stick” Report that sparked a bitter controversy between scientists and science deniers. Hear the real story of the science and politics behind this controversy – and of the campaign to deny the reality of global climate change, one of the central scientific and policy issues of our time.

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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 (, 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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