Gordon McBean, Centre for Environment and Sustainability
and Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Western University
North Americans are now confronted with a growing number
of catastrophic weather events. With near unprecedented
fury, these events frequently disrupt communities and economies
over huge areas. In the last two years alone, direct costs
to Canadian insurers reached nearly $3 billion. Warmer temperatures
mean more hot days, heavy precipitation and hail events
and flooding, wild fires, drought, and unusual winters.
The talk will discuss these phenomena, as well as the strategies
needed to minimize the social and economic costs and potentially
gain benefits in some sectors.
A former Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment
Canada, Professor Gordon McBean is Co-Director of the Centre
for Environment and Sustainability and Director of Policy
Studies of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
at Western University, focusing on the multidisciplinary
aspects of sustainability and disaster risk reduction. Dr.
McBean is also the President-elect, International Council
for Science and Chair of the Canadian Climate Forum and
the Ontario Climate Consortium. He is a Member of the Orders
of Canada and Ontario and Fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science
and Engineering (PAGSE)
Supported by: CANARIE Inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC)