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 2 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

  • Big business, investors urge tough climate action

Research Theme II: Sustainable communities

  • Are we reaching ‘peak car’?

Research Theme III: Resilient ecosystems

  • Oregon study shows downside to turning to biomass

Research Theme IV: Social mobilization

  • Can psychology overcome a climate of resistance?
  • New research reveals pathways for action on climate change