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Copenhagen Climate Summit

2010-03-19

The following Queen’s University experts are available to comment on various aspects of the Copenhagen Climate Summit:
The Canadian Position at CopenhagenProfessor Bruce Pardy, Faculty of Law
“The Canadian position at Copenhagen is sound. The criticism of the Canadian government's stance, both from within Canada and from the international community, is shrill and not based on a realistic assessment of the facts. The challenge at Copenhagen is not likely to be met because it includes an irreconcilable clash between developed and developing countries. Until that obstacle is openly acknowledged and addressed, little of substance will be accomplished.”
Professor Pardy’s research includes environmental law and governance, ecosystem management, and climate change.
Uncertainty in CopenhagenProfessor Warren Mabee, Geography
“There is more uncertainty around Copenhagen than around any Conference of the Parties I can remember; the role that the USA and China will play seems to have evolved almost overnight. This uncertainty has had the one benefit of highlighting the countries without a firm game plan, such as Canada.
The Canadian position has gone from being implicitly to explicitly that of a US shadow: if they institute a program, we will as well, whether it be carbon tax or cap and trade. However, a Canadian strategy that mimics the US strategy is going to give the US a competitive advantage, because they are not a net exporter…and so will set up rules that shift the onus to the producers and not consumers. Canada should be proactive in creating a flexible but tough approach to future energy production; we should be shifting our national production to renewables, but offering oil and gas to the international market provided the users will help shoulder the emission load."
Professor Mabee’s research focuses on the interface between renewable energy policy and technologies, with particular emphasis on wood energy and biofuels.
Analyzing Climate Models Professor David Thomson, Mathematics and Statistics
“We need to put observational data at the forefront of attempts to achieve a more detailed understanding of the annual temperature cycle. It has been known for more than a century that increasing the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere results in an increase in Earth’s surface temperature. By contrast, it is only just over a decade since the discovery that CO2 levels also affect the timing of the annual temperature cycle.”
Dr. Thomson's main research focus is in finding new analysis methods for time series. Many of the applications he works on are in climate analysis, global warming and space physics.
ContactTo arrange an interview please contact Jeff Drake, 613.533.2877, jeff.drake@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

 
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