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Heatwaves & extreme weather – SFU experts available

July 21, 2022

Countries in Europe are battling wildfires and the UK experienced record-breaking temperatures this week. Heatwaves are also occurring in parts of China and the U.S. 

With warmer and drier weather in the forecast next week for British Columbia, experts at Simon Fraser University are available to comment on extreme heat events, including what is needed to adapt to the impacts of climate change. 


ZAFAR ADEEL, professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering & executive director, PWRC (Pacific Water Research Centre)

Climate change adaptation, water security, safe drinking water, integrated water resources management 

ALEX BOSTON, executive director, Renewable Cities, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

- Short & long-term integrated solutions to the climate crisis addressing adaptation, greenhouse gas reductions & building more sustainable cities
- Lessons to be learned from the 2021 heat dome in British Columbia, Canada including the impact of extreme temperatures on cities & how to reduce the risks going forward 

JOHN CLAGUE, professor emeritus, Earth Sciences, CRC Chair in Natural Hazard Science

- The link between heatwaves & climate change

RADOSLAV DIMITROV, associate professor, political science

- Climate change negotiations, UN diplomacy, international institutions and global environmental politics

ANDREANNE DOYON, assistant professor, resource and environmental management

- Planning for/responding to extreme heat (from urban greenery to building retrofits)
- Planning for climate change at the city level 

DEBORAH HARFORD, senior advisor, ACT (Action on Climate Team) and adjunct professor, Faculty of Environment, SFU; climate solutions fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue *Note: Harford is currently in the UK

- Climate change adaptation, climate risk and low carbon resilience solutions, nature-based solutions, co-benefits including equity & health

ANIL (ANDY) HIRA, professor, political science & lead researcher, CERG (Clean Energy Research Group)

- The disruption of energy security by the Russian war in Ukraine & how this will impact the transition to renewable energy sources
-General unwillingness of governments to take drastic actions needed to reduce emissions, which reflects the inability of voters & consumers to understand the direct impacts climate change will have on their lives  


MELISSA SHAW, SFU  Communications & Marketing 
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