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Climate change is too often thought of as an impending catastrophe that the average person can do nothing about.  Sure, the temperature is rising, but what can I do about it, and why should I care? 

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The End of Another Year

Above the trees 180x180pxAs summer is quickly approaching here in Hamilton, the 2011-2012 academic year is quickly coming to an end.

For the Centre, this has been another year of work towards excellence in research and outreach, as we continue to expand our various initiatives and projects both on campus and beyond.

Our researchers have been working in a variety of areas that relate to climate, and being involved in multiple collaborative research efforts, produced a number of publications throughout the year.  Along with these efforts, some of our researchers received further funding for both ongoing and new research projects.

Engaging directly with numerous graduate students, the Centre also involved itself with a number of initiatives both at McMaster and beyond, sponsoring a number of academic lectures in 2011 while also participating in (and co-hosting) conferences, workshops, and dialogues with like-minded academic groups

Building upon our academic initiatives, the Centre continued to engage with the public in a number of ways, promoting education and awareness regarding climate change.  Highlights of our outreach activities included “Climate Day” in May 2011, when 80 high school students visited campus to learn about climate change, and Dr. David Phillips’ public lecture in October, which drew a large crowd and gained local media coverage. 

In the early months of 2012, the Centre also engaged in a new and exciting high school outreach initiative.  In partnership with the McMaster Office of Sustainability, the Centre began the development of an undergraduate internship program aimed at creating a curriculum-based climate and sustainability presentation for local high school students.  The inaugural program was received well by students and teachers at Sir John A. MacDonald and Parkside Secondary Schools, and we hope to continue developing the program in the future.

Over the course of the summer we will be working on developing plans for the 2012-2013 year, and look forward to some engaging speakers and new research initiatives that will be updated as September 2012 nears.

MCCC Partner UNU-INWEH hosting upcoming Coastal Seminar Series lecture

The MCCC's partner UNU-INWEH (United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment, and Health) is hosting an upcoming seminar as part of their Coastal Ecosystems initiative.  On Thursday November 24th, from 4-5pm, Dr. Chris Metcalfe will be delivering a talk titled Persistent contaminants in marine mammals: trends and patterns in a changing world. This talk will take place at the McMaster Innovation Park (located at 175 Longwood Rd. South, Hamilton) in Conference Room C & D.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.



Mac's new climate change centre is reaching out

Hamilton has the potential to be a go-to city for climate change research thanks to McMaster University's new climate centre, said its director Altaf Arain.

"We will provide insight and it will help us to better plan for future climate-extreme events," he said.

"It will provide some links for international collaboration and cross-Canada collaboration."

The university's Centre for Climate Change hosts its inaugural seminar today with extreme climate expert and Order of Canada recipient Gordon McBean.The University of Western Ontario professor will discuss the impacts of climate change on Canada and the country's security. It's the first of a series of seminars and outreach events to come. Research at the centre will focus on seven disciplines, including physical climate, ecosystem impacts, water resources and infrastructure impacts. Located in the school's Burke Science Building, room 318, the centre's one large space is used as a work and meeting space. It holds desks and various resource tools. Most researchers will complete their work in their labs elsewhere on campus. The centre split $1.5 million over 10 years in funding from RBC with two other water-related projects at McMaster. Of that money, it will receive a minimum of $250,000, which will go toward hosting public outreach activities. McMaster finances the centre's office operations on campus. The other RBC-funded projects include the Urban-Rural Biomonitoring Assessment Network, or URBAN, which engages volunteers to report on local ecosystems. An outreach program highlighting green mining technology research by Mac geography professor Lesley Warren is also in the works. The funding for all three projects was announced in October. Whether it's hurricanes, ice storms or extreme rainfall, Canada's not immune from severe climate change, Arain said.

 "In Canada, we see more drought compared to the past many years," he said. "It has increased the fire frequency in the northern areas."

Climate change affects health, the economy and infrastructure, he added. Mike Waddington, the centre's associate director, said he hopes the seminar will reverse people's denial of climate change, which he calls "the most important environmental issue of the 21st century."

"Climate change is real," he said. "Humans are altering the world's global climate.

"It's our responsibility to get that information to the public."

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