The Centre for Coastal Science and Management is pleased to announce the 5th series of free public lectures and discussions in the Planet Under Pressure: Citizens and Scientists Taking Action on Global Warming program that has been running since 2011. Climate change threatens Earth’s life support systems. The resulting changes are already impacting agriculture, water availability, human health and security, and world economies. This series will address complex but under appreciated issues associated with climate change and will propose possible solutions. We hope you will join us!
October 15, 2015, 7:00 pm, Location: SFU Harbour Ctr, 515 W. Hastings, Room 1900 The Optimistic Environmentalist: Planning for a 100% Renewable Future
Presented by: Dr. David R. Boyd, Adjunct Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University; Environmental Lawyer and Author. Dr. Boyd will discuss the remarkable renewable energy revolution that is underway globally, with the rate of growth in wind and solar repeatedly surpassing expert projections. Canada’s progress will be evaluated, and the city of Vancouver’s plan for becoming fossil fuel free by 2050 will be introduced. Reservations: http://davidboyd.eventbrite.com
October 29, 2015, 7:00 pm, SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, 515 West Hastings, Room 1900 A World of Climate Extremes
Presented by: Jana Sillmann, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO), Norway. Earth is characterized by a diversity of climates including extremes. Life has adapted to these extremes but extreme heatwaves, droughts and floods are events that rarely happen and cause severe disruption to the environment or society. This talk will provide insight into the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and focus on observed and future changes in climate extremes on a global scale. The talk will go beyond the physical approach to assessing change and highlight the importance of including societal aspects such as vulnerability and exposure to asses the complex nature of the associated risks of changes in the extreme.
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1900. Reservations: http://janasillmann.eventbrite.com
TWO presentations by Dr. Chris Hope, Reader in Policy Modelling, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK.
September 24, 2015, 7:00 pm, SFU Harbour Ctr, 515 W. Hastings, Room 1900 How Large Is the Bill for Global Climate Change?
This lecture will focus on climate change policies in developed and developing countries with an emphasis on the economic and social costs of carbon. Dr. Hope’s research involves numerical information in public policy and the integrated assessment modelling of climate change. An economist, Dr. Hope was an advisor to the Stern review on the Economics of Climate Change and was the special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs Inquiry into aspects of the economics of climate change. Reservations: http://chrishope.eventbrite.com
September 23, 2015, 12:30 - 2:00 SFU Burnaby, IRMACS Theatre (Room ASB 10900) Modelling the Risks of Climate Change
TWO presentations by Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University, USA
September 17, 2015, 7:00 pm, SFU Harbour Ctr, 515 W. Hastings, Room 1900 The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues
Building on the findings in his book “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”, Dr. Mann will discuss the basics of climate science and reveal the tactics which opponents of climate change use to distort the science and attack the reputations of scientists. He will describe both the hockey stick controversy and the broader context of skepticism in science and contrarians rejecting evidence of human influence on climate. Reservations: http://michaelmann.eventbrite.com
September 16, 2015, 12:30 - 2:00 pm - SFU Burnaby, West Mall Centre (Room WMC 2202)
The Past as Prologue: Learning from the Climate Changes in Past Centuries
Dr. Mann will review work over the past decade aimed at establishing the nature of, and factors underlying, patterns of large-scale climate variability in past centuries. He will discuss evidence from proxy climate reconstructions spanning the past millennium, the comparison of proxy reconstructions with simulations with climate model simulations forced by past natural and anthropogenic forcing, and results from climate modeling experiments in which proxy evidence is assimilated directly into coupled ocean-atmosphere model simulations. He will also discuss insights from proxy forward modeling that suggest the possibility that estimates of climate sensitivity derived entirely or partly from tree-ring evidence of past temperature changes may be biased low. No reservations required.