New expert panel to advise governments in Atlantic Canada on climate change adaptation

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CHARLOTTETOWN – The Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA) introduced today the nine members of its first Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation.

The panel, made up of leading researchers in the physical and social sciences, will promote awareness, understanding, and integration of climate change adaptation research. It will also provide guidance to provincial and local governments in regards to adaptation strategies to address the impacts of climate change in communities and ecosystems.

The panel will provide peer-review of papers, reports and activities, and will produce an annual communiqué to governments and the general public on the state of climate change adaptation science and policy.

“The Atlantic region is witnessing changes to our climate today that are affecting our fisheries, our agriculture, our tourism and our natural environment. This expert group will be able to guide governments and the general public on how we can grasp the opportunities arising from these climate changes”, said Dr. Adam Fenech, chairman of the expert panel and director of UPEI’s Climate Research Lab, host of ACASA’s RACII. “It is wonderful to see such esteemed knowledge in one room to address the important question of how society will adapt to climate change.”

The nine members of the expert panel are:

Adam Fenech, University of Prince Edward Island

Michael Fox, Mount Allison University

Patricia Manuel, Dalhousie University

Van Lantz, University of New Brunswick

Trevor Bell, Memorial University

Real Daigle, retired Environment Canada

Dan Scott, University of Waterloo

Gordon McBean, University of Western Ontario

David Burton, Dalhousie University

The panel will meet in person at least once a year and will represent the expert knowledge in climate change impacts and adaptation for Atlantic Canada.

The Atlantic Regional Adaptation Collaborative (ACASA) is a collaboration between Natural Resources Canada and the four Atlantic provinces. ACASA is operated with federal support through Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program, and support from each of the Atlantic provinces. Learn more at


Organizations: University of Prince Edward Island, Dalhousie University, Natural Resources Canada Climate Research Lab Mount Allison University Environment Canada University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario Atlantic Regional Adaptation Collaborative

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick

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  • mememine69
    December 12, 2013 - 10:14

    After 30 years of scientific consensus not one single IPCC warning agrees beyond; "could be" a crisis or says any crisis "will" be "inevitable" or "eventual" or 'unavoidable" like they love to say comet hits are. REAL planet lovers don't condemn their own kids based on "maybe". YOU canNOT say it WILL be a crisis to your children, just "could be" as science has done.

    • Wroots
      December 13, 2013 - 09:52

      What do you expect the IPCC to do? It has researchers and scientists around the world collecting and submitting data and all it can really do is present findings and issue direct warnings because it has no power to tell governments what to do. Warnings about climate change actually started around 1839 at the time of the Industrial Revolution, but we have preferred to ignore the inevitable in our unrelenting quest for "a better life" (more stuff and more growth). We have a major planetary crisis underway and we are doing nothing but make matters worse by INCREASING emissions and DECREASING the ability of the planet to absorb them, We continue to drain wetlands, cut down forests, and kill marine phytoplankton - all of which are very important carbon sinks. The Earth is producing less oxygen at the same time as we humans are dumping more carbon into the atmosphere. I think there is no question that we are in the process of completely destroying our life support system. Humans won't be around for much longer. The only problem is that we're not getting rid of our species fast enough to avoid taking down hundreds of thousands of other species with us. The great consolation is the fossil record which shows that it takes approximately five million years for life to recover from a mass extinction. There have been five mass extinctions in the past, and we are the cause of the present one. Nature will sort everything out eventually, and life on Earth will return - minus us, which is a very good thing.