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September 13, 2010
Energizing climate change policy
Climate change policy as it has been practised by governments internationally under the Kyoto Protocol approach has failed to produce discernable reductions in greenhouse emissions in 15 years. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., SFU’s School for International Studies is hosting a free public lecture addressing this issue at Harbour Centre, Room 7000. Gwyn Prins, a research professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science will propose ways government leaders and policy makers can move beyond a narrow focus on emissions reductions. Prins is co-author of The Hartwell Paper: A New direction for Climate Policy after the Crash of 2009. The international study advocates accelerated investment in non-carbon energy sources and radical reframing of climate risk management.

Richard Overgaard, 778.782.8985, richard_overgaard@sfu.ca

A show to remember
Starry Nights@SFU Forever, a fundraising awareness event for SFU’s proposed observatory, is evolving into a show to remember. Close to 900 people have pre-registered to attend this free public astronomical extravaganza, including free parking, atop Burnaby Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 9 p.m. The show, hosted by SFU Physics and the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, will feature numerous astronomical exhibits, hands-on science experiments and star viewing through state-of-the-art telescopes. A speech by York University space engineer James Whiteway, famous for spotting snow on Mars, will be the headline event at 4 p.m. SFU President Andrew Petter will introduce the aerospace star. Attendees should pre-register at http://www.sfu.ca/starrynights/

Howard Trottier, 778.782.4465, 604.612.2786 (cell), trottier@sfu.ca

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