UVic Torch -- Autumn 2007
Spring 2008,
Volume 29, Number 1

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MELTING AWAY: 2007 ARCTIC SUMMER SEA ICE, as viewed from a NASA satellite, when the perennial ice coverage reached its lowest level on record. The loss has implications for the ecology, climate and industry.

THE NEW PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE SOLUTIONS, led by UVic and introduced earlier this year, will harness the expertise of the province’s leading thinkers on climate change mitigation and adaptation and form a gateway to similar work on the international scene.

UVic researchers will work in collaboration with their colleagues at UBC, SFU and UNBC to form a broad network addressing all sides of the climate change equation: scientific, technological, economic, social, cultural, political, and legal approaches. An education and outreach component will promote the exchange of information and ideas.

The institute—“PICS” for short—will operate on proceeds from a $90-million endowment fund established by the provincial government to fund research, graduate fellowships, internships and staffing. The province contributed an additional $4.5 million for start-up costs. Among its key priorities, PICS will advise senior decision-makers in government and industry on ways to enhance BC’s green industries, identify new technologies, and promote economic opportunities.

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