Backgrounder to YCR4


Here is a complete list of the scientists profiled in version 4 of  Youth Climate Report which screened at COP19 in Warsaw, Poland:


Interview Subject: Dr. Richard Peltier:
Titles: Director of the Centre for Global Change Science / PI of the Polar
Climate Stability Network / Scientific Director of SciNet
Discussion: Geophysical fluid dynamics, Physics of the planetary interior,
Planetary climate and consequences for climate change in the future.

Interview Subject: Dr. Kimberly Strong:
Titles: Professor of PhysicsCountry: Canada
Discussion: Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL),
stratospheric ozone depletion,  implications of tropospheric pollution for
the biosphere, and tracking the source of airborne pollutants.

Interview Subject: Dr. John Smol:
Titles: Professor in the Department of Biology and a Canada Research Chair
in Environmental Change.
Discussion: Environmental degradation and recovery in lake systems,
Paleolimnological approaches to lake acidification and eutrophication,
Limnology and environmental change of Arctic lakes, and implications for the

Interview Subject: Dr. Gordon McBean:
Titles: Professor and Research Chair, The Institute for Catastrophic Loss
Reduction and Departments of Geography & Political Science
Discussion: Extreme weather events, flooding, melting land ice, predicting
and preparing for environmental catastrophes, international climate change
politics, and efforts to adapt and mitigate.

Interview Subject: Dr. Slobodan Simonovic:
Titles: Professor and Research Chairin the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.
Discussion: Systems modeling, risk and reliability, water resources and
environmental systems analysis, water resources and flood control.  

Interview Subject: Dr. Jason Gerhard:
Titles: Canada Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Restoration Engineering,
Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Research
Director of the Geotechnical Research Centre.
Discussion: Subsurface contamination scenarios and remediation techniques,
risks involved in flooding, reinventing the toilet, and combustion-based

Interview Subject: Dr. Radoslov Dimintrov:
Titles: Associate Professor in Political Science, European Union Delegate to
the UN Climate Change Negotiations.
Discussion: The politics of climate change, breaking down COP negotiations
and notable highlights over the years, the responsibility of policy makers,
and the reality of information sharing world wide.

Interview Subject: Dr. Jennifer Lynes:
Titles: Associate Professor / Director of the Environment and Business
program at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), and
Chair of REEP Green Solutions.
Discussion: Social marketing, sustainable marketing, corporate social and
environmental responsibility, and green improvements in the airline

Interview Subject: Dr. Rich Petrone:
Titles: Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, Director, Cold
Regions Research Centre.
Discussion: Soil, vegetation, and atmosphere interactions influenced by
hydrologic and climatic conditions, the importance of forests in Carbon
neutralization, and the dangers of water transport from natural ground

Interview Subject: Dr. Johanna Wandel:
Titles: Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental
Discussion: High impact climate change adaptation research, critical
relationship between humans and the environment, and vulnerability and
adaptation assessments in relation to climate change.

Interview Subject: Dr. Manuel Riemer:
Titles: Associate Professor in Psychology, Director of the Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning & Action.
Discussion: Community-based change for the promotion of environmentally sustainable behaviours, networks and collaboration, change within complex social systems, implementation and sustainability of social programs, and mixed methods.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

In 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted as the basis for a global response to the problem. With 192 Parties, the Convention enjoys near-universal membership.

The ultimate objective of the Convention is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system. The Convention is complemented by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which has 184 Parties.

Under this treaty, 37 industrialised countries and the European Community have committed to reducing their emissions by an average of five per cent by 2012 against 1990 levels. Industrialized countries must first and foremost take domestic action against climate change. But the Protocol also allows them to meet their emission reduction commitments abroad through so-called “market-based mechanisms”.

For example, one of the Protocol’s market-based mechanisms, the clean development mechanism (CDM), permits industrialized countries to earn emission credits through investment in sustainable development projects that reduce emissions in developing countries.

The UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol are also designed to assist countries in adapting to the inevitable effects of climate change. They facilitate the development of techniques that can help increase resilience to climate change impacts – for example, the development of salt-resistant crops – and to exchange best practices with regard to adaptation.

For more information, you may also wish to refer to the Fact sheets on The Kyoto Protocol, and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP/CMP).

United Nations:

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