- Although 2011 witnessed fewer natural disasters than 2010, overall global monetary losses hit a record-setting $380 billion. Insurance companies, politicians and climate change leaders are discussing how best to mitigate and prepare for unforeseen catastrophes.
- The federal government is radically changing the way it funds research and development in Canada. Saying that Canada has fallen behind other developed countries, Budget 2012 announces a new formula for funding innovation and research to foster job creation.
- A new study from the University of Oregon is challenging conventional thinking on alternative energy someday replacing fossil fuels. The study says it can take as much as 10 units of alternative energy to replace one unit of fossil fuels.
- Sagging carbon prices lost nearly 14% of their value yesterday (2 April) as recession and a warm winter sparked a predicted 2.6% drop in carbon emissions from the 10,000 installations covered by the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS) last year.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency says that targeted strategies to reduce black carbon "can be expected to provide climate benefits within the next several decades," based on black carbon's strong warming potential and its short atmospheric lifetime of days to weeks.
|Exhibitor:||Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions|
|Contact Name:||Coralie Breen|
PO Box 1700 STN CSC,
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) are University of Victoria (UVic)-based sister organisations at the cutting edge of climate change research in western North America. PCIC is a Pacific North America focused regional climate service organization established to interface between current academic scientific knowledge and unmet climate information needs of planners and policy makers. Being located at UVic's hub of internationally respected climate modeling and research activity means PCIC is uniquely positioned to translate the results of high level climate research into information that is usable by stakeholders. PCIC supports governments, municipalities and economic sectors as they plan for the impacts of climate change. With scientific expertise in climatology, climate scenarios and impacts, and hydrology, PCIC provides robust, practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change in British Columbia (BC). Sharing resources , research findings and even the same building as PCIC is PICS - a first of its kind four-university consortium that is led by UVic in collaboration with Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), The institute brings a collaborative model of research excellence to BC to address the greatest challenge of our time – climate change. With a duel focus on solutions and on relevance to BC, PICS's dynamic knowledge network takes a multi-disciplinary approach to developing innovative climate change policies, encouraging adaptation and mitigation and fostering a low-carbon emissions economy. Created in 2008 with an endowment from the Government of British Columbia, PICS's mission is to partner with governments, the private sector, other researchers and civil society to achieve the following objectives; • understanding the magnitude and patterns of climate change and its impacts; • evaluating the physical, economic and social implications; • assessing mitigation and adaptation options and developing policy and business solutions; • evaluating and strengthening educational and capacity-building strategies to address climate change and: • communicating climate change issues to government, industry and the general public. PICS Strategic Research Plan supports a range of collaborative research projects plus fellowships with more than $2 million annually, as well as student internships. Research examples include carbon economics; developing alternative clean energy technologies from wind, solar, wave and biofuels; creating a green jobs workforce; lowering BC's GHGs; ecosystem resilience; and promoting socio-behavioural change. PICS produces a range of solutions-orientated climate change publications including white papers, academic journal articles, briefing notes, thesis results and reports. Outreach is a key component, with regular free public lectures by climate change experts from around the world as well as regular announcements via the media. Featuring at Globe 2012 will be a PICS-PCIC created product that has gained a truly global audience - Climate Insights 101. This series of animated and entertaining online short courses and "mini bites" demystify and explain why climate change is occurring and what we can do about it. Check out this first-of-its-kind product at Globe 2012 along with other leading edge research findings from BC's own climate research leaders – PCIC and PICS.