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Environmental Experts

2010-03-19

Climate Change
John Smol
In 2004, internationally renowned Queen’s biologist, John Smol led a team that traced bad-tasting, foul-smelling water in 50 Ontario "cottage country" lakes to increased levels of algae related to acid rain and global warming. Last spring, he coordinated an international study, which found unprecedented and maybe irreversible effects of Arctic warming linked to human intervention. In December 2004 Dr. Smol received the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, Canada's top science award.
smolj@biology.queensu.ca or 613-533-6147 office; 613-533-6193 lab

Environmental Policy
Bruce Pardy
Associate professor of Environmental Law, Bruce Pardy says: “Like most environmental law academics, I believe that climate change is real and serious. But unlike most, I think Kyoto is not the way to fix it, and is generally a bad idea.” In his paper, The Kyoto Protocol: Bad News for the Global Environment, he says “Kyoto is the latest in a series of international environmental ‘first steps’ that are politically appealing but inadequate in form as well as substance," (in Journal of Environmental Law & Practice, 2004). His other publications include "Changing Nature: The Myth of the Inevitability of Ecosystem Management" (2003) Pace Environmental Law Review, and "Asking the Dog to Guard the Puppy Chow: Three Objections to Environmental Voluntarism" (2003), Journal of Environmental Law and Practice.
pardyb@post.queensu.ca or 613-533-7750

Enivronmental Activism
Anita Krajnc
“If you care about the environment don’t vote Tory,” says Anita Krajnc, expert in peace and conflict studies. She notes that though Stephen Harper now says he would not pull out of Kyoto, he would effectively do so by not implementing the plan. She can comment on how Canada’s environmental groups view the environmental stances of the various political parties.
Dr. Kranjnc is the first Policy Studies Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow. She is working on a book, Adapting Social Movement Strategies, which explains major changes in social movement strategies in response to changes in the domestic and international environments. It builds on her doctoral work on the Canadian environmental movement.
Her doctoral thesis was entitled "Green Learning: The Role of Scientists and the Environmental Movement."
krajnc@post.queensu.ca or 613-533-6634For more information or to arrange an interview call Sarah Withrow 613.533-3280, Lorinda Peterson 613-3234, or Therese Greenwood 613.533-6907.Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.  

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