Andrew Weaver

Speaker


Andrew Weaver

Internationally Acclaimed Climate Scientist

Andrew Weaver is one of the world’s foremost climate scientists and a leading expert on global warming. Through his work, Weaver has re-energized a new generation of discussions on climate change and sustainability, setting off what David Suzuki calls “the final alarm that galvanizes us to move onto a different energy path of renewables and efficiency.” Straight-forward, frank, and engaging, Weaver’s talks breathe urgent life into some of the most important issues of our lifetime.

Weaver was a lead author in the second, third, forth, and fith Assessment Reports with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—the group that, with Al Gore, won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize—and is a Lansdowne Professor at the University of Victoria.

He is the author of the books, Keeping Our Cool and Generation Us; has authored or co-authored over two hundred peer-reviewed studies in climate, earth science, policy, and education journals; and was chief editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009.

A recipient of numerous awards, Weaver was named a Guggenheim Fellow; a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society; a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; and a Member of the Order of British Columbia.


Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming

Based on his books Keeping Our Cool, which Thomas Homer-Dixon calls “the best single book on our climate crisis and what [Canadians] should do about it,” and Generation Us, for which David Suzuki notes “for this clear and easily understandable book, we owe Dr. Weaver a debt of gratitude”, this talk breathes urgent life into the most important discussion of our lifetime. Drawing on his bedrock understanding of climate science, Weaver, engaging and straightforward, shows you what truly is at stake: he frames our current climate within the context of the last 800,000 years; he looks at what the next century holds; and he clarifies public confusion in a frank, authoritative manner. He is unafraid to speak about the policies needed to reduce greenhouse emissions and about the efforts– especially from government and citizens– needed to make them a reality.

Science communication: The Risks and the Rewards

Neither Weaver, nor most of his colleagues in climate science, started their careers expecting to be drawn into the public spotlight. As an undergraduate studying physics and mathematics, he always wanted his science to be directly relevant to society. That’s why as a graduate student, he chose to apply his mathematical expertise to problems in atmospheric science and physical oceanography. This path led to his research efforts to understand internal feedbacks within the climate system. But as many climate scientists have experienced, science that is relevant to society also can also become highly politicized. In this talk Weaver provides a personal account of some of the risks and rewards, successes and failures in science communication and interacting with the media. He will also address the importance of balancing the social obligation to communicate science and its inherent uncertainties-with the need to continue rigourous scientific inquiry.