Simon Donner

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The Vancouver Climate Agreement

This week, the students in my course “Climate Change: Science and Society” completed the “22nd” Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Groups of students representing 24 different countries worked feverishly for a week…
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Oscars so white, planet not so white

In drawing attention to the urgency of addressing global warming during his acceptance speech, Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio drew many cheers. He also drew a few rolled eyes in western Canada. The film shoot for The Revenant did, as DiCaprio implied…
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The Paris climate agreement awards

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The agreement reached at the U.N. climate summit (“COP21”) in Paris is truly groundbreaking and historic. At the same time, the promises made by the participating countries are…
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A fiery future for western Canada?

This short documentary from VICE Canada looks at the recent forest fires in British Columbia and the role of climate change. There’s a terrific segment with UBC’s Lori Daniels on fire ecology and a few thoughts from myself on the…
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