Sustainability and Climate Action
Event: Climate Economy Summit
On September 14, academic, government and industry experts will come together to discuss the opportunities and risks in the net zero transition at the first-of-its-kind Climate Economy Summit at UBC.
Sep 11, 2023
You’re reading this because an asteroid killed the dinosaurs, allowing mammals to dominate the Earth. But why?
But just how did we evolve from rat-like creatures running between the feet of dinosaurs to take over their ecological niches? Dr. Kendra Chritz, assistant professor in the UBC department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences, aims to find out.
Aug 17, 2023
Clearcut logging leads to more frequent flooding, including extreme floods
Loss of forest cover is associated with more frequent extreme flooding, as well as more frequent floods of any size, according to new UBC research.
Aug 2, 2023
UBC experts on drought, wildfires, heat and associated issues
UBC experts are available to comment on wildfires, drought, heat and associated issues.
Jul 14, 2023
Easy ways to conserve water this summer
UBC freshwater scientist and forestry professor Dr. John Richardson shares his insights on the current water situation and practical tips for conserving water.
Jul 13, 2023
UBC experts on wildfires, heat and associated issues
UBC experts are available to comment on wildfires, heat and associated issues.
Jul 6, 2023
Rain gardens could save salmon from toxic tire chemicals
Specially designed gardens could reduce the amount of a toxic chemical associated with tires entering our waterways by more than 90 per cent, new research shows.
Jun 21, 2023
Urban green spaces that beat the heat: Tips from a UBC expert
Dr. Andrew Almas, an assistant professor of teaching in the faculty of forestry at UBC and an urban forestry expert, shares tips on how we can plant green spaces that are adapted to a changing climate.
Jun 14, 2023
B.C. set for a warm summer, but 2021 heat wave unlikely
Dr. Rachel White, an assistant professor in the department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences, discusses the forecast for the summer, the difficulty of predicting extreme weather events, and how climate change is affecting our seasons.
Jun 14, 2023
UBC experts on wildfires and associated issues
UBC experts are available to comment on wildfires and associated issues.
Jun 2, 2023
Preparing for wildfires: UBC experts share their tips
Experts from the faculty of forestry suggest practical measures for individuals and communities to protect their homes and surroundings from the B.C. wildfire risk, while calling for broader-scale solutions for managing wildfires.
May 24, 2023
Caring for our forests this camping season
We spoke with forestry PhD candidate and BC Registered Professional Forester Ira Sutherland about respecting and caring for the forests around us as we go camping this spring and summer.
May 18, 2023
How Vancouver’s geese affect our river systems
Canada geese were introduced by humans in the late 1960s for hunting and other purposes, and they thrived. But the same is not true for the river ecosystem they feed on.
May 16, 2023
Bats in Vancouver: UBC researchers to study secret city nightlife
They live among us and eat pesky insects, but unless you’re armed with an ultrasonic microphone you may never notice our nocturnal neighbours: bats.
May 8, 2023
How seaweed has been misleading scientists about reef health
New UBC research found that seaweed have been misleading scientists about coral reef health, and scientists need new ways to determine whether human activity is harming a particular reef.
May 4, 2023
UBC scholar combats climate change with happiness
The prevailing narrative on the climate crisis—and how to address it—is at best bewildering and at worst downright depressing. We’re told we face a doom-and-gloom scenario, and the only way to solve it is to give up simple pleasures and conveniences.
Apr 21, 2023
UBC experts on Earth Day 2023
On April 22, the world will celebrate Earth Day under the theme “Invest in Our Planet.” UBC experts are available to comment.
Apr 19, 2023
Spiritual connection with nature transcends politics, religion
Have you ever felt awestruck by a towering evergreen, waves crashing against rocks, or the vastness of a desert canyon? You’re not alone. Across time and cultures, humans have felt a spiritual connection with nature.
Apr 18, 2023
Come for the selfie, stay for the sustainability
UBC students built a hempcrete building that is one of the first ‘carbon-minimal’ institutional buildings in Canada. Bonus – it’s Instagram worthy
Apr 13, 2023
UBC student cycling across Bangladesh to raise awareness of climate change impacts
UBC student Abul Bashar Rahman is preparing for an epic bike ride across Bangladesh to produce a documentary about how those most vulnerable to climate change in the country are experiencing and preparing for its impacts.
Apr 12, 2023