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SFU experts available on U.N. Climate Change report

August 09, 2021

Today, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a comprehensive report on the state of climate change. The report makes clear that human influence has warmed the planet and that strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is urgently needed to limit the impact of climate change.


JOHN CLAGUE, professor emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences
John conducted a wide range of geological research on climate change. He can comment on climate change as a contributor to weather events, from our recent heat dome to glacial events such as the Himalayan glacier collapse in February.

KEN LERTZMAN, professor emeritus, School of Resource and Environmental Management
Ken can provide insight about the climate impacts on forests, fires and ecosystems.

KAMYAR RAZAVI, senior PhD candidate, School of Communication
604-715-5263 |
Kamyar is a senior PhD candidate and full-time news producer. He can speak about the role news media plays in reporting on climate change, how to talk to people about climate change and why there is still a perceived lack of urgency when it comes to taking climate action.

BRENT WARD, professor, Department of Earth Sciences
Brent is a professor and co-director of the Centre for Natural Hazards Research. He can speak to his team's work on collecting and aggregating researchable data for the public and government decision makers, which is used to increase preparedness and response to weather-related and other natural disasters.

ZAFAR ADEEL, professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
Zafar is a professor and the executive director of the Pacific Water Research Centre. He can speak to global water security and management, climate change adaption and responses to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and policy ramifications for water security as international attention is focused on responding to COVID-19.


BRADEN MCMILLAN, SFU Communications & Marketing 
236.880.3459 | 

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