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The Multi-Hazards Podcast

all about protecting communities . . . 

Aug 27, 2021

What's happening with climate change these days? How is our adaptation going? What are the gloomy and bright spots? Join Dr. Stewart J. Cohen, climate change adaptation scientist, as he discusses the latest science and societal discussions about humanity adapting to a rapidly changing climate. Have a listen!

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Topics include:
* How have climate change deniers been "mutating" their message over the years, much like COVID-19 is mutating?
* What is the harm that climate change deniers are doing on social media?
* What are some solutions to dealing with climate change deniers?
* What is the new assessment from the International Panel on Climate Change, "IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – The Physical Science Basis"?
* Why is the word "unequivocal" so important in climate change science and in this report?
* What is this new field of "attribution studies"?
* What is the “Canada in a Changing Climate -- National Issues Report”?
* What's happening to communities across Canada with climate change?
* "You can't fight today's battle with yesterday's battle plan!"
* What's "just transition" and why is it so important?
* What's the case for optimism about climate change?
* Why is "polarised dialogue" about climate change so harmful?
* Even though heavy industry, transportation, agriculture, etc. are big fossil fuel emitters, how do our own voting and purchasing decisions also matter?
* What is the most urgent issue in climate change adaptation nowadays?
* How can we get away from so many surprises when it comes to climate change adaptation?

Dr. Stewart J Cohen's Bio:

Dr. Stewart J. Cohen is an author and educator on human-caused climate change. Dr. Cohen is currently a part-time instructor on climate change adaptation at Royal Roads University, and is writing posts on his blog,

His university education was in geography, obtaining degrees from McGill University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Cohen has recently retired from a 35-year research career with Environment and Climate Change Canada. He began his career in Toronto where he created and led studies on the impacts of projected climate change throughout Canada, including the Great Lakes, Saskatchewan River and the Mackenzie Basin. In 1995, as part of a research partnership agreement with the University of British Columbia (UBC), he moved to Vancouver and began developing collaborative projects with the UBC community. He led several climate change impact and adaptation studies of the Okanagan region, and contributed to studies on forests in central and northern British Columbia, and on projected climate impacts and adaptation actions in the Vancouver area. He also created and taught a graduate course, “Climate Change in the 21st Century”. This led to him publishing a textbook with that title in 2009 (McGill-Queen’s University Press).

He has been a member of author teams for national assessments of climate change in Canada and the United States, as well as several publications of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

Intro: "Ten Inch Spikes" by Jeremy Korpas on Youtube Audio Library
Outro: "Travel Nonstop" by Squadda B on Youtube Audio Library
Main Episode Photo by ELG21 on Pixabay