Category Archives: Climate Change

New Paper: Climate Change Adaptation and Governance

How are governments in Canada preparing for the ongoing and expected impacts of climate change?

My new paper with Dan Henstra explores how we are governing ourselves in the face of climate change and the myriad of options for moving forward with policy.

Should we regulate, tax, or persuade ourselves towards climate preparedness?

Due to my commitment to ethical and accessible research, the full article is available for free from the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.

As academia. very slowly. moves away from a narrow focus on impact factors and for-profit journals, hopefully more researchers will provide their work to open access journals.

Also: What is Climate Change Adaptation?

Enjoy.

 

New Popular Article Up at Medium: What is Climate Change Adaptation?

As I hit the home stretch of thesis writing I will be writing popular versions of much of the same stuff I am writing up for my PhD. The plan is a series of articles on “what is climate change adaptation?”

I hope these articles will be useful for other academics just getting into adaptation, or government and company staff asked to look into the topic but not sure where to start.

The first article introduces what climate change adaptation is, and a generic 5 step process in which it takes place. Clink on the image below to go to the article.

What is climate change adaptation article

New Article: Walker et al. Sustainable Development and Environmental Injustice in Rural Ontario

Colleagues and I have just published a new article in the Journal of Rural and Community Development, an open access journal out of Brandon University in my old stomping grounds Manitoba.

Since it it is open access (yay!) any one is free to download and read it here.

Below is the abstract. Click the image to go directly to the articles .pdf

Walker et al. article

In the article we outline cases of rural SW Ontario communities feeling burdened by urban env policies. This view of env injustice may help explain part of the urban/rural split we typically seen in Canadian elections.

 

Second Climate Change Adaptation and Governance Report Released

A report summarizing a workshop I held with colleagues from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver is now online.

Like my other work, the workshop engaged the broad question of “who should do how with which instruments for climate change adaptation”. Unique from my other work however, this meeting focused on the British Columbia context.

The report is available on the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) website.

A big thank you ro Deb Harford, Willem Peters, Jack Satzewich, and my supervisor Gordon McBean for all their hard work with the workshop and the report.

Cover image courtesy of V.Birkus on pixabay.com

New Podcast: Talking Climate Change Adaptation, Geography, and the Outer Space Treaty

As part of the local Campus radio (CHRW 94.9) I recently took part in the Gradcast Radio podcast to discuss, among other things, my PhD work on climate change adaptation in Canada.

The podcast can be downloaded here

Here’s how the conversation breaks down:

00:00 – 14:47 – What is Climate Change Adaptation and how are governments in Canada taking action?

14:48 – 22:16 – What is Geography (at the university level) and how do we “make places”?

22:17 – 27:20 – What is the Outer Space Treaty and how are we making places…in space?

Thanks again to Roger, Navaneeth and the Gradcast production team for having me, it was a blast.