Please find the news scan for 6 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

  • COP 17 update and Dispatches from Durban
  • Alberta’s carbon-cutting programs failing, watchdog reports
  • Majority in US support revenue-neutral carbon tax, survey says

Research Theme II: Sustainable communities

  • Is sustainability science really a science?

Research Theme III: Resilient ecosystems

  • Climate sensitivity – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Research Theme IV: Social mobilization

  • People’s showering habits revealed in survey