Canada and the World, Ep. 22: The IPCC report and climate change

A new podcast series from and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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4 January, 2019

The last half of 2018 was punctuated with various high-profile, climate-changes stories, including the 2018 IPCC report on climate change, the yellow vest protests in Paris, and the COP24 session in Poland. This week, podcast host Bessma Momani sits down with guests Thomas Homer-Dixon, Simon Dalby and Jessica West to discuss climate change, why the IPCC report matters, and the various difficulties in communicating climate science to a more general audience.

Our host

Bessma Momani is professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and University of Waterloo and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She’s also a non-resident senior fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. and a Fulbright Scholar. She has been non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and a 2015 Fellow at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. She’s a frequent analyst and expert on international affairs in Canadian and global media. 

This week’s guests

Thomas Homer-Dixon is a professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo and holds a university research chair in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where he is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts.

Simon Dalby is a professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His published research deals with climate change, environmental security and geopolitics. Before joining the Balsillie School, he was professor of Geography, Environmental Studies and Political Economy at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Jessica West is a program officer with Project Ploughshares. She serves as managing editor for the Space Security Index project as part of a larger research and policy focus on technology, security, and governance. She holds a PhD in global governance and international security studies from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Canada and The World is produced and edited by Matthew Markudis. Each episode can be found on iTunes and other podcast applications. 

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