The PICS News Scan is a weekly summary of the major climate-change related science, technology, and policy advances of direct relevance to the BC provincial and Canadian federal governments and more generally to Canadian businesses, government and civil society. Download the news scan for 29 November 2011 (PDF) produced by ISIS, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

Complementing the news scan is the PICS Briefing Note Service. This service provides timely and concise analysis, as well as suggested policy action, on issues related broadly to BC climate change mitigation and adaptation.

This week’s news scan includes:

Research Theme I: The low carbon emissions economy

  • Climate talks begin in Durban and the energy research imperative
  • What’s next for Keystone XL?

Research Theme II: Sustainable communities

  • United Nations predicts more frequent extreme weather
  • GHG bulletin highlights new high of atmospheric greenhouse gases

Research Theme III: Resilient ecosystems

  • Effects of climate change to further degrade fisheries resources

Research Theme IV: Social mobilization

  • Public willing to pay more for greener urban spaces, British study shows