Media Advisory - Briefing on Major International Climate Report: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation

    OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - On April 6, the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) will release the second part of its Fourth Assessment
Report to the international community, at a press conference in Brussels. The
Report represents the consensus of the international scientific community on
the state of the world's climate. The Canadian Foundation for Climate and
Atmospheric Sciences and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction are
pleased to invite you to a briefing on the key findings of the report at 10am
on Tuesday April 10, in the Auditorium of the International Development
Research Centre, 250 Albert Street, in Ottawa.
    The report of IPCC's Working Group II looks at what is now known about
the impacts of climate change; the vulnerability of the environment,
ecosystems and humans to its effects; and the need to adapt to the
consequences of the changes. (The report of Working Group III, on Mitigation,
will be released in Thailand, May 4 2007).
    The briefing will give you the chance to hear directly from Canadians
from university and government, who have contributed directly to the report.
The experts will identify the main challenges for Canada and for the global
community, areas of particular risk or vulnerability, and adaptation
strategies. They will present key issues from the Panel's Report for
Policymakers and identify the challenges that lie ahead for Canada and for the
global community.
    Dr. Gordon McBean, Chairman, Canadian Foundation for Climate and
Atmospheric Sciences, will chair the session.
    Participating speakers:

    - Paul Kovacs is founder and Executive Director of the Institute for
      Catastrophic Loss Reduction; Adjunct Research Professor of Economics at
      the University of Western Ontario; and a co-author of the 2001 and 2007
      Working Group II reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
      Change. He will the review key findings in the Report;

    - Don Forbes is a senior research scientist with Natural Resources Canada
      in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is the former program manager for climate
      change research in the Earth Sciences Sector of NRCan and an expert on
      the impacts of storms and sea-level rise on coastal areas;

    - Chris Furgal is a leading Canadian researcher on the health and human
      impacts of climate change in Arctic communities. His presentation will
      discuss the impacts of climate change for Arctic regions and residents;

    - Ian Burton is an international expert on natural hazards management,
      risk assessment and adaptation to climate change. An independent
      scholar and consultant, he holds emeritus positions at the University
      of Toronto and Environment Canada.

    The briefing will be held:

             10:00am to 11:15am (followed by light refreshments)
                           Tuesday April 10, 2007
                  International Development Research Centre
                         250 Albert Street (Ottawa)
                           Auditorium, 14th Floor

    Media representatives are required to confirm their attendance in advance
    with the Foundation at 613-238-2223 extension 201.

    NOTE: Speakers will be available for media interviews following the

For further information:

For further information: please contact: Pierre Normand, (613) 276-2971
or Dawn Conway, (613) 238-2223 ext. 202; For information about the Canadian
Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) visit the website; For information about the Institute for Catastrophic Loss
Reduction (ICLR) visit the website

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