Events Archive

Coupling ice sheets into climate models for self consistent sea level projections: progress and challenges

March 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Ice sheet response to forced changes - such as that from anthropogenic climate forcing - is closely regulated by two-way interactions with other components of the Earth system. These interactions encompass the ice sheet response to Earth system forcing, the Earth system response to ice sheet change, and feedbacks resulting from coupled ice-sheet/Earth system evolution.

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Seasonal glacier mass balance from airborne laser altimetry, Columbia River Basin, Canada

March 20, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Reliable estimates of glacier mass balance allow insight into the meteorological drivers of glacier change, but financial and logistical limitations restrict field-based measurements to only a small number of the world’s glaciers. In southwestern Canada, frequent cloud cover and small glacier size also preclude the measurement of seasonal mass change from space. Here, we describe our ongoing research program employing airborne laser altimetry to estimate surface mass balance for six alpine glaciers in the Columbia Basin.

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New energy and mobility futures with Ethan Zindler

March 13, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm


Globally, renewable power and electric vehicle technology is evolving rapidly. As these technologies are adopted, they promise to reshape the face of energy and mobility in cities. Join us for a conversation with Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as we discuss the trends and economics driving the renewable energy transition.

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Who We Are with Elizabeth May

March 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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Ideafest - Climate change, water and governance: Challenges and opportunities in our backyard, and for our Earth

March 6, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Wildfires, floods and extreme weather events plagued the globe in 2017. Is this our new normal? Are we ready for change that’s already underway? Our diverse panel of researchers and thought leaders will look beyond the science at the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing climate. They’ll share promising developments in governance, policymaking and engineering as well as insights that narratives may hold. In doing so, they will offer hope, look at some of the difficult choices and discuss potential solutions for dealing with our changing climate.

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100% Renewable energy communities: Lessons from Germany with Dr. Manfred Fischedick

February 22, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Join Dr. Fischedick as he discusses how German cities are world leaders in moving to a 100% renewable energy system and economy ("Energiewende"). 

  • What can Canada learn from Germany? 
  • How can we shift to a renewable energy future? 

Dr. Fischedick will be joined by panelists: 

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British Columbia's climate plan and the urban opportunity

February 9, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

A conversation with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

When British Columbia laid out its first climate plan a decade ago, it set a precedent, embracing local governments to drive greenhouse gas reductions. As North America’s first jurisdiction to require community-level emissions targets, B.C. influenced other climate leaders, such as California, Ontario, and Oregon.

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Resilient Cities: An Integrated Economic Approach to Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation

February 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The British Consulate-General of Vancouver together with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions invite you to attend a public seminar on "Resilient Cities: An Integrated Economic Approach to Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation". Learn what innovation and finance options from the UK can do for your jurisdiction’s resiliency plans.

Please join us to explore current thinking and innovative solutions for the City of Vancouver on:

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