Upcoming Luncheon Meeting - Thursday 27 September 2018
SPEAKER: Brian T. Gray, Ph. D., Assistant Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
TITLE: Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture in Canada
ABSTRACT: Due to a growing and increasingly affluent global population, the agriculture sector is continuously challenged to increase the production of food, fiber and fuel to meet the world's needs. Simultaneously, there is a need for the agricultural sector to improve its environmental footprint, conserving soil, water and air quality, while preserving biodiversity. Our ability to meet the growing need for food, fiber and fuel while decreasing the environmental footprint is likely to be negatively impacted in Canada and around the world by climate change.
At Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, we have a national research network that is working to address these challenges, collaborating with provinces, territories and other willing partners. Research that focuses on improved breeding, incorporation of remote sensing and big data into modeling crop yield and climate change impacts, as well as ecosystem research is demonstrating that Canadian agriculture can successfully adapt to climate change; increasing production while improving the environmental sustainability of the sector. Collaborative, interdisciplinary research will help to ensure that the Canadian agricultural sector continues to be a world leader in the use and development of clean and sustainable technologies and processes.
PLACE: Rideau Canal Junior Ranks Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa. Side entrance, Harmony Room, 4th floor (elevator available)
COST: $25 non members; $20 members & their spouses; students $10
TIME: 12:00 noon, Thursday 27 September
PARKING: On street parking in the vicinity, or at Ottawa City Hall
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance no later than Friday 21 September by using this Doodle link
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NEXT MEETING: 25 October 2018, details and date TBD
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CACOR cordially invites you to a Luncheon
Title: “If Global Warming is so Bad, Why aren’t scientists doing something about it?”
Date: Wednesday September 19th
Speaker: Alan Emery
Place: Army Officers' Mess, 149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa
Cost: $25 general admission; $20 for members, their spouses and $10 for student guests. The upstairs ante-room and dining area will be open at 11:30 for those who wish to meet and greet friends and colleagues prior to lunch.
Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail on or before Monday September 17th. Please remember that CACOR is responsible for payment of guests who have registered. If you register and need to change your commitment, please inform us as well before Monday September 17th. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. We unfortunately will follow up with an invoice for those who were not able to honour their commitment.
In order to accommodate all members, associates and guests please indicate your presence to this event as soon as possible. Please indicate as well your dietary needs. The Mess can prepare alternative for either gluten free, vegetarian or vegan meals.
About the presentation:
Global warming is sneaky. It’s a bit like warming a huge pot of water. You can put an enormous amount of heat under the pot, but nothing much happens for a very long time. Then once you get it boiling and turn off the heat, it takes way longer to cool down again to room temperature than it took to warm up.
For over a century, scientists have predicted that if we allow CO2 to get abundant enough in the atmosphere it will cause the surface of the planet to warm up slowly and eventually get really hot, hot enough to do real damage to our health and well-being, perhaps even destroy our civil society, and in the extreme case, combined with all the other stupid things we are doing to the planet, could cause the loss of our species.
I will explore why scientists have issued warnings, but with exception of one or two prominent scientists appear not to be doing much about it. I will explore why scientists are seriously frightened of the impacts of global warming, but in most cases are almost paralyzed by the system within academia, within the mainstream media, in communication with politicians and lawmakers, in social media, as targets for industrial vested interests, and in the case of young women scientists, the victims of threats of rape, murder, and killing their children – all of this for trying to warn of impending danger.
About the speaker:
My research career focused on marine biology using various diving techniques in the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Indian Oceans with an emphasis on systematics, evolution and ecology. I have seen the gradual changes – especially in coral reef ecology – that are the direct result of global warming. A combination of increasing temperature, increasing acidity, shifting distribution of marine organisms, and declining relationships in corals with their algal symbionts has caused extensive coral bleaching and invasion by sponges and macro algae, which in turn destabilizes the ecology of the reef. I have also worked in the Arctic both underwater and on the land, so have watched the relatively rapid changes in Arctic environments as well.
As an undergraduate I carried out the first biological surveys of the Douglas Point nuclear plant, so that has meant a continuing interest and involvement in nuclear energy. I was part of the team developing the energy policy for Ontario in the early 1970s (including siting of nuclear plants) and worked with the International Joint Commission on oil transport and pollution in the Great Lakes. One fun adventure was kick-starting Canada’s Fathom Five underwater park in Lake Huron/Georgian Bay. I spent ten years as a professor at the University of Toronto and a Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum carrying out many expeditions around the world. While President of the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) from 1983 to 1996, I was active in Canada’s role in developing the 1992 Biodiversity Convention (one of the three including Climate Change and Desertification); hosted sessions in the subsequent several conventions of the parties (COP); and enabled the first country study of biodiversity resources (Canada) which was carried out under the museum’s auspices.
My experience with “wicked problem” approaches includes the work with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, leading training sessions at the Banff Centre, bringing stakeholders together (CEOs, government executives, Indigenous Elders, Industry associations, etc.) to resolve legal, cultural, political, and community issues in the north dealing with mining, tar sands, the effects of climate change, and policy development arising from the COP series of meetings.
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