Subject: Clean Capital Newsletter: Wildfires & Climate Change | Urban Bikeability | Social Resilience

Climate Change | Urban Bikeability | Social Resilience
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Climate-caused wildfires? Turns out, it’s a bit more complicated
By Jonny Wakefield, 24 May 2016

With wildfires raging months ahead of schedule in Northern B.C. and Alberta, many are pointing towards climate change as the culprit.  While warm weather and low snowpacks undoubtedly contribute to tinder-dry forests, the relationship between climate change and forest fires is a bit more complicated, according to two UBC researchers.

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Making the case for social resilience
By Maura Forrest, 26 May 2016

Earlier this month, 88,000 residents fled the wildfire burning through Fort McMurray. The success of the evacuation effort has been attributed to many factors. Certainly, though, the cooperation of Fort McMurray residents and the support offered by communities across Alberta also played a major role.

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UBC researchers put urban bikeability ranking system through the spin
By Arman Kazemi, 12 May 2016
 
A group of Canadian researchers recently developeda ranking system to assess cycle-friendly cities like Vancouver. The Bike Score helps commuters and organizations rank a city’s bikeability based on available infrastructure, topography and urban connectivity.

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Other news & events
  • Conservationists mourn loss of giant tree in B.C.'s Upper Elaho Valley.
  • The B.C. Big Tree Registry allows members of the public to alert scientists about significant trees that have died, suffered damage or been toppled by the wind.
  • A recent UBC study could make it easier for oil and gas companies to prevent pipeline failures.
  • Researchers use implanted electronic tags to track journey of juvenile salmon
  • Cultures of ‘Denial’ workshop at UBC tackles climate skepticism. Kelowna, June 7
  • Bike to Work Week May 30 - June 5, 2016.
  • District Energy+Water Academy: An executive level intensive to accelerate urban energy and water solutions at the district scale. Vancouver, Nov. 2-4, 2016.
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