Posts Tagged ‘AAAS2012’

Taking the Earth’s pulse: UBC scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index

Feb. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

A growing world population, mixed with the threat of climate change and mounting financial problems, has prompted University of British Columbia researchers to measure the overall ‘health’ of 150 countries around the world.

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Conservation risk highest off coasts of Canada, Mexico, Peru and New Zealand: UBC research

Feb. 20, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers have identified conservation “hot spots” around the world where the temptation to profit from overfishing outweighs the appetite for conservation.

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Figure 2 - Delta does nothing to prepare for climate change

Preparing for the flood: Visualizations help communities plan for sea-level rise

Feb. 19, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have produced computer visualizations of rising sea levels in a low-lying coastal municipality, illustrating ways to adapt to climate change impacts such as flooding and storms surges.

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Iconic marine mammals are “swimming in sick seas” of terrestrial pathogens: UBC researchers

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Parasites and pathogens infecting humans, pets and farm animals are increasingly being detected in marine mammals such as sea otters, porpoises, harbour seals and killer whales along the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada, and better surveillance is required to monitor public health implications, according to a panel of scientific experts from Canada and the United States.

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As climate change increases forest fires, smoke forecasting could help protect public health: UBC research

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Satellite images, air quality measurements and smoke forecasting models are useful tools to help individuals and public health professionals prepare for smoke episodes in areas at risk from forest fire smoke, according to University of British Columbia researcher Michael Brauer.

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Window into world’s future oceans unveiled by NF-UBC Nereus team

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

An international team from the Nippon Foundation-University of British Columbia Nereus program has unveiled the first global model of life in the world’s oceans, allowing scientists and policymakers to predict – and show through 3D visualizations – the state of life in the oceans of the future.

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Ocean acidification turns climate change winners into losers: UBC Research

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

Adding ocean acidification and deoxygenation into the mix of climate change predictions may turn “winner” regions of fisheries and biodiversity into “losers,” according to research released today by University of British Columbia researchers.

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“Duet of one” possible with hand-controlled voice synthesizer

Feb. 18, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

New technology at the University of British Columbia makes it possible for a person to speak or sing just by using their hands to control a speech synthesizer. UBC researcher Sidney Fels says the gesture-to-voice-synthesizer technology mirrors processes that human use when they control their own vocal apparatus. “It’s like playing a musical instrument that [...]

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Beyond climate models: Rethinking how to envision the future with climate change

Feb. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Professor Stephen Sheppard will present at the symposium Beyond Climate Models: Rethinking How to Envision the Future with Climate Change Friday, February 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Vancouver.

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Taking biofuel from forest to highway

Feb. 17, 2012 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The world is moving from a hydrocarbon economy to a carbohydrate economy, according to University of British Columbia biofuel expert Jack Saddler. He is presenting his work at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver on Feb. 17.

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