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Tackling Climate Change Impacts in Ontario - Applying Research to Build Resilience

May 09, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Distribution
(May 9, 2014)

Tackling Climate Change Impacts in Ontario - Applying Research to Build Resilience


- Ontario Climate Consortium hosts the Science and Cities CONNECT Symposium on May 13th at Western University - 


Hosted by the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) the Science and Cities CONNECT Symposium will focus on exploring the intersection between climate change, extreme weather and the cities and communities in which we live. 


Climate change is already impacting Ontarians and Canadian - our symposium is focused understanding those impacts, finding solutions for adaptation, communicating the challenge of a changing climate and ultimately enhancing the resiliency of our communities.


Through a series of interactive panels with Nobel prize winning researchers, environmental communication experts, and leading climate change innovators from across Canada and Ontario the symposium will focus on the following issues:


- Understanding the implications of the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report, not only the fundamental science that underpins our understanding of climate change but also the most recent impacts and adaptation report, specifically the North American chapter.
- Exploring the intersection between climate change, extreme weather and the cities and communities in which we live with a special focus on adapting to the new normal.- Addressing the imperative of effectively communicating the challenge posed by a changing climate.


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Tzeporah Berman, Founder of ForestEthics and PowerUp Canada, author of This Crazy Time Mr. Kevin Grandia, Founder and President of Spake Media House Inc. Rolling Stone Magazine's Green Hero. Dr. Brian Stone, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Tech, author of The City and the Coming Climate Dr. Brian Branfireun, Director, BIOTRON Institute for Experimental Climate Change Research at Western University Dr. Gregory Flato, Senior Research Scientist, Manager, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Environment Canada Mr. Barry McLoughlin & Ms. Laura Peck, McLoughlin Media Linda Mortsch, Senior Researcher, Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada Dr. Slobodan Simonovic, Professor, Western University, Director Engineering Studies, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Moderators:
  • Dr. Altaf Arain, Professor, Director, McMaster Centre for Climate Change
  • Ms. Sarah Brown, Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3), Waterloo University
  • Mark Terry, Environmental Filmmaker & Journalist

In addition to the interactive panel session the OCC will also be showcasing a poster competition of climate change research led by graduate students from universities across the province. (http://climateontario.org/wp/graduate-research-poster-competition-successful-abstracts/)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 13 2014, 9AM - 4:30PM


WHERE: The Great Hall, Somerset House, Western University, London, Ontario. 


ADMISSION: Tickets cost only $60 for professionals and $25 for students.


PUBLIC REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/science-and-cities-connect-tickets-10105942145


MEDIA REGISTRATION: Please contact Stewart Dutfield, Ontario Climate Consortium, 416- 451-1420, info@climateconsortium.ca


ABOUT THE ONTARIO CLIMATE CONSORTIUM: The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC or Consortium) represents a distributed collective of scientists, researchers and practitioners from across Ontario with a focus on addressing climate change issues pertinent to Ontario and beyond. The OCC's Mission is to equip public and private sector decision makers with regionally-specific climate information, research, and resilience strategies that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate risk in Ontario. The Consortium endeavours to play an instrumental role in enabling a climate-ready Ontario by empowering Ontario's public services and strategic sectors to better evaluate and respond to climate risks and opportunities. The Consortium builds upon the well-established climate science expertise located within partner universities and the practical experience of end-users such as large urban municipalities in the GTA and conservation authorities across the province. The Secretariat operates from offices housed at Toronto and Region Conservation in partnership with York University, McMaster University, Western University and the Canadian Climate Forum. 

For additional information, please contact Stewart Dutfield, email: info@climateconsortium.ca, telephone: 416-451-1420. Visit us online: www.ontarioclimate.org

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For interviews or additional information please contact:Rowena Calpito, Toronto and Region Conservation, 416-661-6600 ext. 5632 rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

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