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 13 September 2011 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

  • California moves to avoid Europe’s perils in encouraging green power
  • Insurance companies unprepared for climate change, report says

Research Theme II: Sustainable communities

  • 52% of municipal utility executives unsure who owns smart meter data

Research Theme III: Resilient ecosystems

  • From dust in Asia to snow in California
  • Trees pull nitrogen from rocks and microbes

Research Theme IV: Social mobilization

  • Gore’s message about climate change grown in urgency