SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Canary in a Coal Mine: Climate change, birds and conservation

"Founded in 1965, the Point Reyes Bird Observatory is the science think tank behind some of the nation’s most innovative conservation tools and programs. Directly responsible for protecting great white sharks, Mono Lake, marine reserves off the California coast and for publishing over 1000 papers in scientific journals, PRBO has recently turned its attention to the impacts of climate change. Join Executive Director Ellie Cohen for an exploration of climate change on birds, the ocean and a necessary new paradigm for conservation."

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SPUR Transportation and Climate Adaptation

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From SPUR: LUNCHTIME FORUM Image credit: Flickr user MTAPhotos Hurricane Sandy and other recent extreme weather events underscore the importance of preparing for climate variability and change. But understanding the on-the-ground implications of climate change can be challenging, especially since we can’t precisely predict the future of our climate. Join Beth Rodehorst of ICF International Joe LaClair of the San […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Planning for the San Francisco Bay

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"Sea level rise in San Francisco Bay will challenge the 40 year-old legal framework, which manages development on the Bay’s shoreline. How will we adjust? Will Travis, executive director of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, will discuss opportunities to amend the Bay Plan to increase our region’s resilience to climate change." 

A Special TransForum with Peter Calthorpe

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From TransForm: World-renowned urban planner Peter Calthorpe will discuss his new book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, which shows how combining more compact patterns of growth with conservation and new technology can achieve not only needed reductions in carbon emissions but achieve many other critical economic and lifestyle benefits. Peter will sign books at the end […]

An emerging regional consensus in the Bay Area?

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From SPUR: Many of the most pressing planning questions of our day occur at the regional level: How do we address sea-level rise? How should we alter our land-use patterns to combat climate change? Join leaders of the Bay Area’s four regional agencies to discuss planning for our region’s collective future. With Steve Heminger of the […]

Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change

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Editor’s note: Today we are very pleased to begin a five-part series of excerpts from Peter Calthorpe’s book, “Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.” Keep reading this week and next to learn how you can win a copy of the book from Island Press. I take as a given that climate change is an […]