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    Available Expert - Queen’s experts weigh in on COP27 and the need for climate action

    Friday, November 4, 2022

    With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from Nov. 6-18, Queen’s University has a number of environmental experts available to speak about climate action and the developments from COP27.

    Over 45,000 participants, from countries around the world will be attending the conference. The 194 countries that signed the Paris Agreement in 2015 will be working towards their pledge to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep the global temperature rise below 1.5C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said if temperatures rise above 1.7C, half the world’s population could be exposed to life-threatening heat.

    The following Queen’s University experts are available to comment on the importance of climate change action, policies, and the developments out of COP27 as they relate to their specific area of expertise, including:  

    Warren Mabee (Policy Studies, Director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy): Policy supporting green energy and the net zero transition.

    Ryan Riordan (Smith School of Business, Director of Research for the Institute for Sustainable Finance): Sustainable finance.

    John Smol (Biology, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change): Paleolimnology, how ecosystems change over long time frames in response to both natural and human-induced environmental change.

    Kyla Tienharra (Global Development Studies, Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment): Developments from the conference on production (e.g. the phase-out of fossil fuel), international finance for fossil fuel projects, and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).

    Cao Thang Dinh (Chemical Engineering): Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), and green hydrogen.


    To arrange an interview, please contact Media Relations Manager Julie Brown (brown.julie@queensu.ca), or 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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