Presentation and interview with Gwynne Dyer
Click the players to hear a presentation by Gwynne Dyer at McGill University in 2009 speaking about his new book Climate Wars and my interview with him from March 2010 in which he discusses the current state of climate change negotiations and the position of the Canadian government in the wake of the failed Copenhagen climate summit.
Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.
His most recent projects are a book and a radio series called ‘Climate Wars’, dealing with the geopolitics of climate change. They have already been published and aired in some places, and will appear in most other major markets in the course of 2009.
Selected interview excerpts:
Earthgauge: What will it take to reach an international agreement on climate change that is sufficiently ambitious but fair for all?
GD: It’s got to be very asymmetrical deal. We don’t all do the same things or make the same cuts. They didn’t get it right at Copenhagen. I expect it will be at least a couple years before they begin climbing that mountain again and that means greenhouse gases will continue to accumulate in the atmosphere and the temperature rise we are committed to goes up.