UNBC Participates in New Climate Change Institute
January 25, 2008
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it will be seeking to create a $94.5 million Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. The Institute will involve BC’s four research-intensive universities in addressing and mitigating the effects of climate change.
“It is in northern regions where the greatest effects of climate change are being felt,” says UNBC President Don Cozzetto. Current data suggests the temperature increase in northern and central BC is about two to three times greater than that experienced in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island over the past 100 years. “This makes UNBC’s involvement in this new institute a natural extension of our mission to focus on the issues of the North. We are already a centre for unique academic programming and research on climate change and other environmental issues that affect the sustainability of communities. This is what makes us Canada’s Green University.”
Some highlights of climate change research and teaching at UNBC:
“We’re eager to make a difference and government is providing us with the tools to do so,” says Dr. Cozzetto. “The four research-intensive universities in BC can be world leaders in reducing emissions, providing new information through research, and educating future environmental stewards.”
Rob van Adrichem, Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC – 250.960.5622
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UNBC professor Scott Green is analyzing tree rings to assess how trees are reponding to climate change.
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