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2012 – BC Agriculture Council

The BC Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Risk & Opportunity Series shows how changes to the climate may impact agricultural production in key regions of BC, and the risks and opportunities associated with these impacts. The reports include perspectives gathered from agricultural producers on climate impacts and the ability of the sector to adjust to these impacts.  There are also suggested actions to develop approaches, tools and resources to better support a resilient sector in a changing climate. It is part of the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Adaptation Initiative.

Available titles:

Regional Adaptation Strategies

  • Regional Adaptation Strategies: Cowichan
  • Regional Adaptation Strategies: Delta
  • Regional Adaptation Strategies: Peace
  • Regional Adaptation Strategies: Cariboo

BC Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Risk & Opportunity Series

  • Provincial Report (Full and Executive Summary)
  • Regional Snapshot: The Central Interior/Cattle Production
  • Regional Snapshot: Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver: Various Production
  • Regional Snapshot: The Okanagan Region: Wine Grape and Tree Fruit
  • Regional Snapshot: The Peace Region: Grain and Oilseed Production
  • Regional Snapshot: Vancouver Island: Livestock and Horticultural Crops

BC Farm Practices and Climate Change Adaptation Series

  • Conservation Tillage
  • Drainage
  • Management-Intensive Grazing
  • Nutrient Management
  • Shelterbelts
  • Water Storage
  • Summary Report & Additional Findings

 

2013, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

In late 2013 PCIC produced a series of climate summaries for the eight resource regions of British Columbia to help readers learn about past climate and future projected climate change in each region. PCIC intends to update this series as research progresses.

Here are the summaries:

(2014) Natural Resources Canada

The climate is changing – in Canada and throughout the world. Globally, international assessments continue to identify rising air and ocean temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, shrinking glaciers, declining snow cover and sea ice extent, rising sea level and changes in extreme events (IPCC, 2013).

In 2008, the Government of Canada released a national-scale science assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation: From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate).

This report – Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation – is a 2014 update to the 2008 assessment. It discusses climate change impacts and adaptation from a sectoral perspective, based primarily on literature published up to the end of 2012. Led by Natural Resources Canada, the updated assessment involved over 90 authors and 115 expert reviewers, and synthesizes over 1,500 recent publications.

The report focus is on the following sectors: natural resources, food production, biodiversity and protected areas, human health, water and transportation infrastructure and industry.

2014 — Working Group II, International Panel on Climate Change

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, released March 31, 2014, is a report of Working Group II of the IPCC. It details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.

The report finds that observed impacts of climate change have already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and some people’s livelihoods. These impacts are occurring everywhere: from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the wealthiest countries to the poorest.

The risks from climate change arise from vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm’s way), overlapping with hazards (triggering climate events or trends). Each of these three components can be a target for actions to decrease risk.

The report was created by 309 lead authors and editors from 70 countries, 436 contributing authors and 1,729 expert and government reviewers.

International Panel on Climate Change — 2014

This is the report of Working Group III, part of the Fifth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change. The report assesses options for mitigating climate change and the underlying technological, economic and institutional requirements. It lays out risks, uncertainty and ethical foundations of climate change mitigation policies on the global, national and sub-national level, investigates mitigation measures for all major sectors and assesses investment and finance issues.

International Panel on Climate Change — 2014

Ciimate Change 2014: Synthesis Report distils and integrates all the findings of the Fifth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate produced by over 800 scientists in 2013 and 2014. This is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken.

The key finding is that human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. Options are available to adapt to climate change, and stringent mitigation activities can ensure that the impacts of climate change remain within a manageable range, creating a brighter and more sustainable future.

 

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) created six guidebooks to help First Nations through the adaptation planning process. These guidebooks offer suggestions of how a First Nation might plan for climate change, involve the community, and set and achieve priority goals.

A related case study was also developed in partnership with CIER to highlight development of the guidebooks and lessons learned.

The CIER website offers other helpful adaptation resources also: Implementing Adaptive Capacity – First Nations in Transition (T’Sou-ke Nation) webcast (part of Sharing Knowledge for a Better Future program), Managing the Risk of Climate Change – A Guide for Arctic and Northern Communities, Climate Change Impacts on Ice, Winter Roads, Access Trails and Manitoba First Nations and Climate Risks and Adaptive Capacity in Aboriginal Communities – An Assessment South of 60 Degrees Latitude. Visit the CIER Climate Change publications page.

2014 — Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Climate Insights 101 is a free interactive course available online from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). PICS is a consortium of BC’s leading research universities, hosted and led by the University of Victoria.

Designed for a wide audience, Climate Insights 101 introduces the basics of climate science, explains the impacts of climate change in British Columbia and offers an overview of adaptation and mitigation actions in BC and elsewhere.

People can pick any or all of the 11 lessons, along with test-your-knowledge quizzes. The entire course can be completed in about two hours. A PICS collection of short videos on key topics is also available: Climate Insights: Mini-Lessons.

Content for Climate Insights 101 has been provided and peer reviewed by leading climate scientists from British Columbia, including lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report  (AR5).

 

2014 — University of British Columbia

Climate Literacy Course: Navigating Climate Change Conversation

2013 – University of British Columbia

Here is a set of lecture videos from a free online course, Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations, offered in 2013 by the University of British Columbia. The videos canvass the scientific and socio-political dimensions of climate change. They introduce the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigative and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy.

This course formed the basis of the book Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice, available at the University of Toronto Press.

There are 10 modules, each offering several videos:

  • Module 1: Climate in the Public Sphere
  • Module 2: Introduction to the Climate System
  • Module 3: Earth’s Energy Budget
  • Module 4: The Carbon Cycle
  • Module 5: Climate Models
  • Module 6: Future Climate
  • Module 7: Climate Change Impacts
  • Module 8: Climate Change Mitigation
  • Module 9: Climate Change Adaptation
  • Module 10: Taking Action: Tools for Adaptation and Mitigation

 

2012 – Columbia Basin Trust - Report and Video

Between 2008 and 2012, the Columbia Basin Trust worked with eight communities (Kimberley, Elkford, Castlegar, Kaslo/RDCK Area D and Rossland, Revelstoke, Sparwood and the Regional District of East Kootenay) on climate change adaptation planning and action, established a learning network and assisted other Basin communities.

From Dialogue to Action offers current projections on climate change in the Columbia Basin based on recent scientific studies, examines impacts on the natural environment and communities, and outlines potential adaptation strategies for Basin residents, businesses, communities and governments.

five-minute animated video features report highlights.

About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

Find out more about the Fraser Basin Council and the BC RAC at www.fraserbasin.bc.ca.

We want to hear from you

Share your ideas and suggestions for new resource links to , Senior Program Manager, at the Fraser Basin Council.

Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.