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SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT speaker series


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Monthly, 7:30 – 9:00 PM Free for members, $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required.
Where: Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW

Come for an evening of discovery and discussion in an informal and intimate setting! Each month we will have an interactive presentation from a different presenter.

We are looking for more CALL scientists and environmentalists –CALL members and others– to come forward to stimulate and inspire us with accounts of research pertinent in today’s world! 

Coordinators: Joe Boivin or Tom Jack

2019

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Tuesday, March 5th  7:30 - 9:00

Everything You Wanted to Know About Carbon Taxes, But Were Afraid to Ask....

In 2019, all provinces and territories must have a carbon pricing system in place. Some provinces have developed their own system, while others voluntarily adopted the federal policy, and still others had a federal policy imposed. This presentation will review the rationale for emissions pricing, describe the current policies in place across Canada, and the scope for emission reductions from pricing relative to other policies. It will assess the provincial GHG emissions coverage (quantity of emissions priced) that different pricing policies offer, focusing on the implications of the federally mandated minimum price. Complementary policies to mitigate costs to households and businesses will also be discussed.

Speaker:  Dr. Jennifer Winter

Jennifer Winter (PhD, Calgary) is an Assistant Professor and the Scientific Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy research division at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Her research evaluates climate policies, and examines the effects of government regulation and policy on energy development and the associated consequences and trade-offs. Dr. Winter is actively engaged in increasing public understanding of energy and environmental policy issues; recognition of her efforts include a 2014 Young Women in Energy Award, being named one of Alberta Oil Magazine’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2016 and one of Avenue magazine’s Calgary Top 40 Under 40 in 2017. She advises all levels of government on climate policy and is a member of Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment Advisory Group.



Topic: Bats in Harm’s Way

Will be re-scheduled for the Fall 2019


Bats are the second most-diverse group of mammals, with over 1200 species found world-wide. They occupy diverse natural habitats, from tropical rainforests to the prairies and northern (boreal) forests. But they also occur in urban areas, with at least six species found in Calgary. This talk will introduce some of the fascinating biology of these hard-to-study animals: how do they locate and capture prey; as nocturnal animals, how do they make a living in the North with such short nights; do they really live up to 40 years; how do we study them and why is it important to do so? Some of the novel threats some bats face will also be discussed, such as white-nose syndrome and fatalities at wind-energy turbines.


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Dr. Robert Barclay is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary. For over 30 years, he and his students have been studying the ecology, behaviour and conservation of various mammals and birds, although the focus of most of their research is bats. Their research has involved extensive field work in various parts of Alberta, BC, Yukon, and Northwest Territories, as well as Australia, South Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. The questions they ask focus on understanding basic biology and applying that knowledge to applied issues involving forestry and forest fires, wind energy, and climate change. 


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