Events Archive

Wildlife Ecosystem Resilience in the Context of Climate Change: A Kootenay Case Study with Rod Davis

September 21, 2016 - 3:30pm


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Can developing nations lead the movement towards climate solutions?

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.

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Responding to the Climate Change Challenge is a Social Imperative and an Economic Opportunity

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.

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Effective Climate Leadership in Cities: Lessons from Germany

June 7, 2016 - 12:30pm


Now is the time for climate action - so what are the marks of effective leadership in this area?

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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.

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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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