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    Available Expert - Queen’s expert speaks to the UN’s new report on climate change

    Tuesday, August 10, 2021

    Queen’s expert, John Smol (Biology) is available to speak to the report issued by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on August 9. Dr. Smol can speak to what this report tells us about climate change, how there are some negative impacts that are already inevitable, and what needs to be done going forward.

    The report clearly states that humans are the primary cause of climate change. The global average temperature is 1.1°C warmer than it was in 1850 -1900. This is a large increase compared to what has been experienced in recorded history. It is projected that extreme weather like heat waves and heavy rainfalls will happen more regularly and intensely as the global temperature rises.

    “Alarm clocks have been ringing for years and all we have been doing is pressing the snooze button. It is already too late to stop many negative impacts, but not too late to take aggressive action,” said Dr. Smol.

    To arrange an interview, please contact Media Relations Officer Victoria Klassen (Victoria.klassen@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.   

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