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Around town – Seventh International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

Around town – Seventh International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

The image shows sea ice coverage in 1980 (bottom) and 2012 (top), as observed by passive microwave sensors on NASA’s Nimbus-7 satellite and by the Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP). Multi-year ice is shown in bright white, while average sea ice cover is shown in light blue to milky white. The data shows the ice cover for the period of November 1 through January 31 in their respective years.

This week, the University of British Columbia is hosting the Seventh International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses at its downtown Vancouver campus in Robson Square. This year’s conference, presented in collaboration with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, draws together experts and researchers from the climate change knowledge community. They will be discussing 2015’s special focus: “Whose climate? Negotiating the governance of environmental change.”

As described in the conference mission statement, this special focus will examine local, national and international governance structures that are important in addressing climate change. Although there is growing popular and scientific awareness of the kinds of change needed in technology and social practices, there is also a hesitation in applying these measures. Realizing that the largest obstacle to tackling this issue is political will, the conference delegates will spend Friday and Saturday pondering this question: “What ways forward do we have given structural weaknesses in our systems of governance at every level?”

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Venue: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada; April 2015 10–11, 2015

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