Events Archive

Harnessing technological innovation for a carbon-free future

November 24, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Drs. David Wilkinson and Elicia Maine will share their thoughts on how to harness technological innovation for a carbon-free future. Join us for this climate-solutions discussion on the role new innovative technology can play in a sustainable carbon-free future, and some of the challenges to its commercialization. In some cases, innovative technology can go a long way to addressing political, social, economic, policy and interconnected issues. This event will be moderated by Dr.

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Climate policies for real-world politics

October 20, 2011 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

On October 20, Drs. Kathryn Harrison and Dr. Mark Jaccard will come together to discuss climate policies for real-world politics. Reflect with Mark on critical questions, such as “What do you do when your government knowingly permits investments that prevent it from meeting its promises?” Consult with Kathryn on how the Canadian political system may need to change to address the new global climate reality.

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Wind power integration: how useful is a smarter grid?

October 19, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Today’s electricity system is not smart. Its design was not made to cope effectively with increased electricity generation from wind and other variable and distributed energy resources. Wind energy fed into the power system can reduce reliance on traditional energy resources and associated emissions, but generally requires complementary power generation to balance fluctuations in wind-generating capacity and to ensure that supply meets demand. This can reduce the intended environmental and economic benefits of wind power.

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A 100% renewable electricity system for New Zealand

October 12, 2011 - 9:30am to 10:30am

New Zealand’s electricity system is dominated by hydro generation (54%), augmented with about 31% fossil-fuelled generation plus contributions from geothermal, wind and biomass resources. In order to explore the potential for a 100% renewable electricity generation system with substantially increased levels of wind penetration, fossil-fuelled electricity production was removed from a historic three year data set (2005-2007) and replaced by modelled electricity production from wind and geothermal resources.

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Evaluating the informational value of pressure-based proxies for past storm activity

September 21, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Air pressure readings and their variations are commonly used to make inferences about storm activity. More precisely, it is assumed that the variation of annual and seasonal statistics of several pressure based proxies describes changes in the past storm climate qualitatively -- an assumption that has yet to be proven. We present a systematic evaluation of the informational content of two classes of pressure-based proxies for storm activity. First, we concentrate on the assessment of four proxies for storm activity that are usually based on single-station observations of air pressure.

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Engaging BC in sustainability education

September 14, 2011 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Join us on September 14, 2011 to learn more about the “hows and whys” of sustainability education. Dr. David Zandvliet of SFU offers case studies of how environmental education—including topics on climate change—is being successfully infused into current curriculums. Dr. Alejandro Rojas from UBC highlights the innovative “Think & Eat Green @ School” research project, which investigates food security and climate change issues with Vancouver schools’ students, parents, staff and administrators.

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Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

June 27, 2011 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

oreskes_0.jpgFind out why people mistakenly believe the science of climate change is unsettled. In Merchants of Doubt, Oreskes and co-author Erik Conway revealed how a group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over issues including acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, DDT, and the harms of tobacco.

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Resilient Communities: Preparing for the Climate Challenge

June 14, 2011 (All day) to June 15, 2011 (All day)

Despite international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, our global climate will continue to change significantly over the coming decades and possibly centuries. Warmer temperatures, more frequent extreme precipitation events, continuing sea level rise and reduced summer river flows are examples of what lies ahead for BC. What does this mean for our communities and, importantly, our food supply?

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Climate change: why do we know what we know?

June 7, 2011 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us for this free public lecture by world-leading Swiss climate scientist, Dr. Thomas Stocker. Dr. Stocker holds one of the most prestigious jobs in the scientific world as Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I which assesses the physical science basis that underpins our understanding of climate change and global warming. He also heads the Division of Climate and Environmental Physics at The University of Bern, which is at the cutting edge of climate research.

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Climate change and its impacts: fire and rain

April 27, 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us on April 27 for a discussion about critical climate change impacts facing our country: How is precipitation changing, and does this impact forest fires in Canada? Dr. Phil Austin from UBC will provide a presentation on the atmospheric side of precipitation and drought, looking in par¬ticular at satellite observations and climate model forecasts. Dr. Charmaine Dean from SFU will follow with “Climate Change Impacts on Forest Fires in Canada.” She will talk about testing for possible climate change-caused impacts in forest fire ignitions.

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