Please find the news scan for 13 December 2011 (PDF) produced by ISIS, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). 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.

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

  • Rapid growth in CO2 emissions after the 2008-2009 global financial crisis

Research Theme II: Sustainable communities

  • Solar power much cheaper to produce than most analysts realize, study finds
  • Transport report launched at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP17)

Research Theme III: Resilient ecosystems

  • Study of wolves will help scientists predict climate effects on endangered animals

Research Theme IV: Social mobilization

  • Climate skepticism in media an English-speaking phenomenon
  • Canadians want more from feds on climate change