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Maribo - Simon Donner: Addressing the geographic bias in environmental monitoring: example of a coral bleaching database

When I first studied ecology, I was struck that so many of the influential research findings came from the same few locations. Often this is because the geographic characteristics or the history of the particular country, island, coastline, or lake …

2017-05-15 14:30   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: The Great Barrier Reef and the voice of scientists in the Trump era

The incredible warmth of the past two years laid waste to corals on the Great Barrier Reef. A new study, led by Terry Hughes and a large team of top Australian scientists, finds a strong correlation between the warm ocean …

2017-03-17 00:02   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Trump administration weakening global resolve on climate change funding

According to Bloomberg News, finance ministers of the G20 countries are pushing for a focus on private rather than public funds to meet the climate change financing pledges set in the Paris Climate Agreement. This report points to the most …

2017-03-12 22:10   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: We can learn something about democracy from the UN climate negotiations

The U.N. climate negotiations work by consensus. In the negotiating sessions, diplomats review the text of proposed policies in excruciating detail. It is normal to spend an hour discussing the suitability of word “encourage” vs. “ask” in a particular sentence. …

2016-11-17 10:58   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Six random observations from the UN climate negotiations

1. Trump-ing Trump. After more than a week here at the negotiations, I can say with confidence that, yes, the President-elect may loathe the Paris Climate Agreement but not nearly much as the people who negotiated the Paris Climate Agreement …

2016-11-15 12:20   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Trump’s climate change denial a test for the world: Dispatch from COP22

The venue for COP22 here in Marrakech is a mini village assembled just outside of the old city walls. The buildings holding the negotiations and side events are all temporary. Like an old Saharan caravan, the entire complex of tents …

2016-11-13 23:20   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Five myths about Canada’s carbon pricing plan

On Monday, the federal government announced plans for a price on carbon, beginning at $10 per tonne in 2018 and rising to $50 per tonne in 2022. Since the announcement, there have been all manner of claims about what it …

2016-10-06 15:00   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Fact-checking the Presidential Debate: Climate change

      (Sorry, there were not any questions about climate change)

2016-09-27 04:29   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: I know what you did last summer, fieldwork edition

Over the past summer, I had the opportunity to do fieldwork related to climate change and coral reefs in both Kiribati and the Marshall Islands. I’ve put together a slideshow that gives a window into the effect of rising sea levels and warming temperatures on these atoll countries, as well as the joys and challenges

2016-09-15 17:11   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Statement on greenhouse gas emissions associated with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

I delivered the following statement this morning at a meeting of the Ministerial Panel on the proposal to expand the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline: My name is Simon Donner and I work as an Associate Professor of Climatology in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. For the past 15 years, I

2016-08-17 21:55   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: The hoops of Majuro: Dispatch from the Marshall Islands

This is the fourth in a series of dispatches from our field work in the Republic of Marshall Islands. The geography of sports in the Pacific Islands is a bit of a lens into the colonial history and ongoing international power dynamics. There’s the rabid popularity of rugby in once-British Fiji. Then there’s the ‘export’

2016-07-27 18:23   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Nuclear legacies in the Marshall Islands (3)

This is the third in a series of dispatches from our field work in the Republic of Marshall Islands. Across the road from the pier where we began each day in Majuro is a building housing the Nuclear Claims Tribunal. And a dentist’s office. The Tribunal was created in the 1980s as part of the

2016-07-21 18:34   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: After the flood: Dispatch from the Marshall Islands (2)

During our visit to Majuro Atoll, construction was ongoing to repair a stretch of relatively urban shoreline devastated by a storm last July. The waves and the damage from the July 3, 2015 storm were unlike anything local residents could remember. Westerly winds brought waves up to 10 feet high into the normally placid lagoon.

2016-07-20 14:15   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Nuclear legacies in the Marshall Islands (3)

This is the third in a series of dispatches from our field work in the Republic of Marshall Islands. Across the road from the pier where we began each day in Majuro is a building housing the Nuclear Claims Tribunal. And a dentist’s office. The Tribunal was created in the 1980s as part of the

2016-07-19 19:14   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: How do we determine what counts as “climate” aid?

As part of the United Nations (UN) climate agreements, the developed world has promised to provide at least US$100 billion per year by the year 2020 to help the developing world respond to climate change. The funding may come in many forms, from grants to private investments. There is one key stipulation: climate aid must

2016-07-19 14:16   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Where to throw things on an atoll: Dispatch from the Marshall Islands (1)

“For God’s sake, do not go to Majuro!” It was 2005, and I was on my way to do research in the central Pacific for the first time. The warning was the only ‘advice’ I received about the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and it came from the only person I had

2016-07-18 14:15   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: How do we determine what counts as “climate” aid?

As part of the United Nations (UN) climate agreements, the developed world has promised to provide at least US$100 billion per year by the year 2020 to help the developing world respond to climate change. The funding may come in many forms, from grants to private investments. There is one key stipulation: climate aid must

2016-07-17 15:16   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Can coral reefs recover from bleaching? The case of Tobago

by Salome Buglass The bleaching of coral reefs is once again making headlines. Reefs across the tropical Pacific, including the Great Barrier Reef and now reefs in the Indian Ocean, are turning white due to warmer than usual sea temperatures as a result of climate change and the current El Niño. This may be the

2016-05-12 15:00   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: 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 to complete an agreement. Without further ado, we present to you the Vancouver Climate Agreement:

2016-04-08 03:53   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Can Canada live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Agreement?

My new article in Policy Options explores whether Canada can reconcile its climate policy targets with the temperature limits in the Paris Climate Agreement. The article is based on an analysis I conducted with Kirsten Zickfeld of Simon Fraser University – the report is available here. The answer depends on how the world divides up the carbon that could

2016-04-05 01:34   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Canada’s contribution to meeting the Paris temperature targets

At this week’s first ministers meeting here in Vancouver, the federal government begins the politically difficult task of establishing a national climate policy. The first step is coordinating the existing patchwork of provincial policies and carbon pricing systems. Underlying this conversation is a question that has remained unanswered since Canada’s much-celebrated turn at the U.N.

2016-03-03 01:28   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: 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 in his speech, actually relocate from Alberta due to a rapid change in weather and

2016-02-29 15:55   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Resettlement due to climate change, past and future

The Gilbert Islands [Kiribati] are, what you call, now, dangerous, high tides and flood. It’s alright in the Solomon Islands, there are mountains. As the sea-level rises, the fate of people in low-lying Pacific island nations like Kiribati, Tuvalu, and the Marshall Islands is uncertain. The growing cost and challenge of adaptation could eventually drive

2016-02-04 17:00   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Yangdidi highlights experiences of Super Typhoon Maysak survivors

by Sara Cannon In June 2015, I visited the Ulithi Atoll in the outer islands of Yap, Micronesia for the third time while working with One People One Reef. Just a few months before, on March 31, 2015, the communities had survived Super Typhoon Maysak which slammed the islands with 265 km/hour winds. I remember

2016-01-12 20:08   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: 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 not close to sufficient to avoid dangerous impacts from climate change. To shed some light

2015-12-16 00:32   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Why would Canada support a 1.5 C temperature target?

On Monday at the UN Climate Summit in Paris, Canada made a decision that shocked and confused many in the policy world. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna stated that Canada backs the idea of eventually limiting global warming to less than 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. This lower temperature limit is advocated by many developing countries,

2015-12-07 23:33   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Seven key issues to be addressed at the Paris climate summit

The U.N. Climate conference in Paris is the most anticipated meeting of the parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the convention’s inception over 20 years ago. Following on agreements at past summits, the Paris meeting is supposed to generate the comprehensive long-term global agreement for addressing climate change. The good

2015-11-19 18:20   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Four steps to rebuilding Canada’s reputation on climate change

The Trudeau government comes into power after years of, in the assessment of climate policy expert Marc Jaccard, the federal government doing “virtually nothing” to meet its greenhouse gas targets. With a little over a month before the UN Climate Summit in Paris, the government must act fast to demonstrate to the world that Canada

2015-10-23 14:11   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: Invitation to participate in climate blog research project

Guest post by Giorgos Zoukas I am a second-year PhD student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) at the University of Edinburgh. This guest post is an invitation to the readers and commenters of this blog to participate in my project. This is a self-funded PhD research project that focuses on a small selection

2015-10-06 18:03   Click to comment

Maribo - Simon Donner: 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 big picture:  

2015-10-04 19:26   Click to comment


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