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Sudbury researcher to sit on national climate change panel

Al Douglas will sit on the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results.
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The Ontario Centre for Climate Impact and Adaptation Resources is located at the Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation at Laurentian University. (File photo)

Al Douglas, director of the Ontario Centre for Climate Impact and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) at MIRARCO, a Laurentian University research centre, will hold a seat on Canada’s new Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results.

Climate change is already having negative impacts and posing significant risks to communities, the private sector, and the environment, noted a news release. Recognizing this reality, actions are already being taken by governments, businesses and individuals to adapt to climate impacts.

“It’s important for our governments to know if the actions they’re taking to build resiliency and adapt to climate change are effective,” Douglas said in a news release.

“We need to know if the things we are doing are the right things, if they’re working, and if they’re cost-effective.”

The new Expert Panel will report to Dr. Stephen Lucas, deputy minister of environment and climate change Canada, in the spring of 2018. The report is expected to outline indicators that will help Canada measure progress on adaptation and resiliency throughout Canada.

“First Nations, communities and many critical economic sectors in Ontario face significant climate change related challenges, and opportunities,” Douglas emphasized.

“I believe the work of this panel can play an important role in shaping how we, collectively, adapt to climate change.”

The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) is a resource hub for climate change impacts and adaptation based at MIRARCO, a Laurentian University research centre, in Sudbury.



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