Below are news items from the UBC IRES community.

Here are 5 things to know about COP15 and how it affects B.C.

IRES's Dr. David Boyd and forestry professor Dr. Peter Arcese explained how discussions in the world’s largest biodiversity summit known as COP15 will affect B.C.

Egypt’s tolerance to climate change saves ‘coral worldwide’

IRES's Dr. Simon Donner noted the signs of damage to corals in Sharm el-Sheikh.

‘No safe place’: Kiribati seeks donors to raise islands from encroaching seas

Dr. Simon Donner said that with a lower rate of sea level rise it is possible for Kiribati to survive but it’s unclear how the communities will survive without a huge investment in adaptation.

Cop27: coral conservation groups alarmed over ‘catastrophic losses’

Dr. Simon Donner noted the signs of disease and possible heat-related damage to corals in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Barrick Gold under fire by UN for toxic spills from Veladero mine in Argentina

Dr. David Boyd of IRES was mentioned for signing a UN letter to Barrick Gold, the Canadian government and others, expressing concern about toxic spills from the Veladero mine in Argentina.

Delegates return from COP 27 with lots of questions about where we are heading on climate

IRES PhD student Rudri Bhatt shared her experience attending COP27.

Global map depicts mammal movement between protected areas

Research led by IRES research associate Dr. Angela Brennan found that Canada is both a world leader in animal connectivity and home to many areas critical to animal movement.

Using the ocean to fight climate change raises serious environmental justice and technical questions

IRES Professor Dr. Terre Satterfield co-wrote about why using the ocean to fight climate change has serious environmental justice and technical concerns.

BC Is In A Crazy Drought And Scientists Say Climate Change Is To Blame

Dr. Kai Chan of IRES said hotter, drier summers, drought and fires are consistent with what climate scientists have been saying we should expect

people swimming in an outdoor pool with a factory looming in the background

Professors call for more research into climate-change related threats to civilization

An opinion piece published today in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal of the National Academy of Sciences, urgently calls for more research into the specific pathways by which civilization could potentially collapse due to climate change. “Scientists have warned that climate change threatens the habitability of large regions of […]

See Which Countries Have the Most Interconnected Wildlife Preserves

Dr. Angela Brennan, research associate in the UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, discussed her research which found more than 65 percent of passages between protected areas where animal movements are most concentrated remain unprotected.

girl holding flowers

The flower industry has a thorny environmental problem — and plastic is just part of it

And while a bouquet might seem like low climate impact gift, there's quite a bit of unspoken damage in the industrial farming of flowers.

‘It was obviously shocking in the best way possible’: Patagonia pledges profits to the Earth

Dr. Kai Chan, professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries, commented on the donation of Patagonia to an environmental non-profit, including similar actions in the company's history.

Bidets are making a splash with Canadians worried about waste

Bidets might seem like they're a waste of water, but the amount of water they use is absolutely negligible compared to the water that goes into making toilet paper.

The UN just recognized access to a healthy environment is a universal human right. It’s time for Canada to take action

Institute For Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, school of public policy and global affairs, and mechanical engineering researchers Dr. David Boyd, Dr. Kai Chan, Dr. Amanda Giang and Dr. Navin Ramankutty wrote about the need for Canada to take action to ensure that all Canadians have the right to live in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Dr. Boyd is also the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment.

Canada ranks high for mammal movement between protected areas

Research associate Dr. Angela Brennan (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability) discussed her research on how mapping animal movement could help protect biodiversity across the world.

Canadians could soon have the legal right to a healthy environment. But can it be enforced?

Dr. David R. Boyd (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; school of public policy and global affairs) explained the importance of adopting the UN resolution on the right to a healthy environment.

UK has ‘moral duty’ to improve air pollution

David Boyd talks about how the UK has a moral duty to improve air pollution

Could lab-grown meat ever be Indigenized?

Atlanta Grant, an Indigenous master's student at UBC, was quoted in an article exploring the implications of lab-grown meat.

Reducing your waste

Psychology professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability) discussed one way to reduce clothing waste.

IRES welcomes new Director Dr. Navin Ramankutty

IRES is welcoming Dr. Navin Ramankutty as our new Director on July 1, 2022, for a four-year term. We are delighted that Navin has agreed to become the next Director of IRES! Navin is jointly appointed in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) in the Faculty of Arts and IRES in the […]

Carbon budgeting is just one tool in the climate change tool box. Here’s how it works

Dr. Simon Donner (department of geography; Institute for the Resources, Environment and Sustainability) explained how carbon budgeting works.

Campaign to curb clothing waste reaches Metro Vancouver residents, review shows, but recycling will get harder

Psychology professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao gave comments on reducing clothing waste.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Decision Analysis and the Environmental Impacts of Shipping | Deadline: Jun 30, 2022

If interested, please submit the following in a single PDF file to Prof. Amanda Giang at, using “APPLICATION: Environmental Impacts of Shipping and Decision Analysis – YOUR NAME” in the subject line: cover letter describing your relevant experience, research interests, and preferred start date; curriculum vitae; names and emails for two references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled; the priority deadline is June 30th, 2022. The position will be appointed for one year, with possible extension for an additional two years, based on performance.

How have Environmentally Friendly Activities Changed over the Past 10 Years?

Dr. Jiaying Zhao (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; department of psychology) discussed how activities that benefit the environment have evolved.

How Images of Turtles and Dolphins Helped One Vancouver Office Building Reduce Plastic Waste

A UBC psychology experiment found that pictures of marine animals helped one office building in Downtown Vancouver reduce plastic waste by 17 per cent. Psychology professor and the experiment's senior author Dr. Jiaying Zhao was quoted.

A Guaranteed Basic Income Could End Poverty, so Why Isn’t it Happening?

Psychology professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao and physics professor Dr. Lorne Whitehead discussed the need for guaranteed basic income in order to end poverty.

Climate Solutions Could be Key in Dealing with Poverty, Human Suffering

Dr. Jiaying Zhao (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; department of psychology) was quoted in a story about a new report on climate change impacts. Dr. Zhao said we'll see significant human suffering and casualties from climate change in low-income communities.

What We Know About the Women Who Vote for Republicans and the Men Who Do Not

A New York Times opinion piece mentioned research co-authored by Dr. Terre Satterfield (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability), which found that white men’s risk perception ratings were lower than those of white women, minority-group women and minority-group men.

What’s going on in Antarctica? (And in the Arctic, too?)

Dr. Simon Donner, a UBC geography professor of climate science and policy, discussed what record-breaking temperatures in the Arctic and the Antarctic tell us about climate change.

Farmers Can Profit By Setting Aside Marginal Lands As Habitat

Dr. Claire Kremen, a professor at UBC's department of zoology and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, discussed what can be done to render agriculture less hostile to biodiversity and the climate.

New Sustainability Hub at UBC to address Climate Change

A team led by Dr. Kai Chan, a UBC professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, has launched CoSphere, a new social media hub where people can connect to take action for a sustainable future.

North Americans have already used up their share of the Planet’s Resources for the Year. It’s Clear that Climate Action Needs a Reboot

Dr. Kai Chan, a UBC professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, wrote about system change to reduce our environmental footprints.

Environmental ‘Sacrifice Zones’ Require Ambitious Action: UN Expert

Unveiling a new report on the devastating impacts of pollution, United Nations expert, Dr. David Boyd, on Thursday called for "urgent and ambitious action" to ensure that everyone on the planet experiences "a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment."