Subject: Clean Capital Newsletter: Heat Wave | Food Security | After the Fire

Heat Wave | Food Security | After the Fire
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Feeling the heat
By Maura Forrest, 7 July 2016

This April in Vancouver was the warmest since record-keeping began in 1937 – just the latest piece of evidence that temperatures in the region are rising. A heat wave in B.C. broke 64 temperature records across the province last summer. And that followed on the heels of another record-breaking heat wave in 2014.

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Drought in California set to impact B.C’s food security
By Jenny Tan, 7 July 2016

As drought conditions worsen in California due to climate change, B.C. can expect challenges in food security, says a food security expert. In a report, Brent Mansfield warned about the danger of relying on California for the bulk of our fruits and vegetables given the state’s drought conditions.

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A possible silver lining in the forest fire smoke
By Jonny Wakefield, 7 July 2016
 
The wildfire that engulfed parts of Fort McMurray this spring is both a harbinger of and contributor to climate change—a blaze unprecedented for both its size and destructive capacity. But new research suggests there may be a silver lining in the cloud of smoke. Two studies—one in Latin America, one in B.C.—look at the potential carbon sequestering capacity of new growth in previously deforested areas.

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Other news & events
  • Pull buoys act as a flotation device between the legs so swimmers can work out their shoulders and arms. University of British Columbia wood scientist Phil Evans has created a pull buoy for swimming out of balsa wood, a more environmentally-friendly material than the foam that is typically used.
  • Marc-David Seidel on the sharing economy: Sharing-based companies such as Airbnb and Uber have taken off, and are biting into the business of traditional players such as hotels and taxi companies.

  • In addition to looking nice, covering soil with wood mulch can actually help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, UBC research shows. In a recent study undertaken in Kelowna-area vineyards, UBC Okanagan researchers discovered that using mulch in agriculture can cut nitrous oxide emissions up to 28 per cent.
  • A staggering 85 percent of clothing and textiles ends up in landfills, even though 95 percent can be reused or recycled.
  • Rain Day July 19, 2016. Throughout human history, people and cultures all over the world have celebrated rain and it’s life-giving power.
  • UBC Farm Workshop, July 13, 2016. How to make a food forest: from values to vines. This workshop will focus on the mapping, plant selection, design and design communication skills necessary to develop a forest garden.
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