Climate change scientist speaking at university

A leading Canadian climate change scientist will be in Prince George today to lead a talk about the next steps after the Paris talks.

Professor Sybil Seitzinger used three words to describe the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) last month: "real, visible and tangible."

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That covers the "high-tech climate solutions" discussed, said Seitzinger, "but also the sea-change in sentiment, that has resulted in the signing by 195 nations of the world's first comprehensive climate agreement."

Seitzinger is the executive director for the Victoria-based Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, a network of B.C's leading academics from its four research universities: University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia.

UNBC is hosting her talk Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in room 7-212.

Seitzinger singled out the adoption of the first global pact to fight climate change as "a hugely significant achievement."

"This shared willingness to commit to the ambitious target of keeping average global warming below two degrees Celsius (while striving for 1.5 degrees) shows how far we have come in recent years," said Seitzinger, in the event description.

"COP21 brought an unprecedented level of engagement from civil society, cities, government and especially the businesses community, not just on recognizing climate change but acting on it."

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