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March 2008

Collapse of Antarctic Ice Sheets

Collapse of Antarctic Ice Sheets due to Climate Change
Last night, Dr. Werner Kurz, a researcher with the Canadian Forest Service and a lead author with the IPCC, gave a presentation to my forest management class at University of Victoria. His talk focused on climate change and it's impacts on the forests of Canada and British Columbia. During the presentation, he emphasized that much of the data used for the recently released 4th report of the IPCC is already quite dated and that new data, particularly concerning the collapse of the Arctic ice pack, is frightening, to say the least. And now this from the Antarctic. One wonders how much worse things must get before the nations of the world realize that the planet is a lifeboat on which all are dependent and that they must get very serious about reducing GHGs dramatically and quickly. This particularly includes Canada, and specifically Alberta, where the recovery of oil from the tar sands is creating an international embarrassment for those of us desperately trying to reduce our country's carbon-foot print.

Tibet's Lithium

Saturn Hybrid Car on display at Globe 2008
[RS: Just came across this thought-provoking piece from Green Energy News. Lithium Ion batteries are seen as the next "big" breakthrough for hybrid and all electric vehicles.

Test Driving GM's New Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Equinox

Rick behind the wheel of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Equinox
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Considered by many as the "silver-bullet" for achieving sustainable transportation, hydrogen can be made from water and returns to water or water vapour as it is converted to electricity to power vehicles. There are numerous technological challenges which result in few vehicles being produced and those that are come with very hefty price tags running into the six and seven figures.

EKOS @ Globe 2008!

Rick Searle, president of EKOS Communications, Inc., standing behind a table inside his company's booth at Globe 2008.
and we've just got back from Globe 2008. It's billed as the world's largest conference and trade fair on the business of the environment.

Adapting to Climate Change in the Fraser Basin of British Columbia

Climate Change Fraser Basin title shot
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As part of the Natural Resource Canada funded project on climate change adaptation in the Fraser Basin of British Columbia, EKOS produced two 12 min. videos designed to stimulate dialogue among local government representatives, scientists and engineers on how to adapt water related infrastructure. Each video applies peer-to-peer learning by having mayors, councilors and senior policy advisers as the main delivers of the message, supported by clips from three highly respect climate research scientists from University of British Columbia (UBC)

Adapting to Climate Change in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia

Simulation showing the flooding of Delta BC
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As part of the Natural Resource Canada funded project on climate change adaptation in the Fraser Basin of British Columbia, EKOS produced two 12 min. videos designed to stimulate dialogue among local government representatives, scientists and engineers on how to adapt water related infrastructure. Each video applies peer-to-peer learning by having mayors, councilors and senior policy advisers as the main delivers of the message, supported by clips from three highly respect climate research scientists from University of British Columbia (UBC).

Antarctica to the Amazon - Journey to Southern Continents

Join BCIT instructor naturalist and photographer Daniel Catt for a journey from the icy water of Antarctica to the steamy Amazon jungle

Re-Focusing of EKOS

As originally conceptualized, ekosTV was to be an independent environmental media channel; however, we quickly discovered that it was exceptionally difficult to build a sustainable business case

Adapting to Climate Change in the Fraser Basin of British Columbia

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In April 2007, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) issued a request for proposals for its Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Program. EKOS Communications, Inc., along with a team of partners and advisors, responded by submitting a proposal aimed at enabling effective knowledge transfer between municipal government representatives, scientists and engineers on the issue of adapting water related infrastructure to climate change. To keep the project bounded and more manageable, the geographical scope was set as the Fraser Basin, from headwaters to estuary.

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