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January 2012 




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Feb 7 - Access York: Jeff Preston

Feb 13 - Climate Justice Follow Up

March 15 - Eric Abitol

Mar 21 - Film Festival 


Mar 28 - Earth Hour Event
Jan 24 - Responsible Business Dialogue Series

Jan 31 - Responsible Business Dialogue Series

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IRIS Publishes Paper in Environmental Reviews Journal

Is Canada ready for the alien invaders invited by climate change? IRIS is thrilled to announce the recently published article, Effects of climate change on the distribution of invasive alien species in Canada: a knowledge synthesis of range change projections in a warming world, in the journal Environmental Reviews by senior fellow, Andrea Smith. Along with eight co-authors from York University, Smith reviewed published journal articles on the effects of climate change and the distribution of existing invasive species. Significant gaps in the knowledge and research on the repercussions of climate change were identified, such as the effects of potential invasive species that might expand their range in Canada, as well as the socio-economic dimension of the problem. The growth of scientific knowledge of these issues can be used as a foundation for policy development to mitigate these problems. Read the Press Release. 


COP-17 Delegates Share Experiences at Summit

On January 12th 2012, IRIS hosted a debriefing of the COP-17 summit in which York University sent a delegation of two York University graduate students: Ewa Modlinska and Alex Todd. The delegates shared their experiences at the recent climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Fortunately, for those of you who were unable to attend, a video recording of the event is available. View recording (starts at 30s in. The delegates also blogged about their observations and thoughts at the summit, the entries can be found on the Turning up the Heat: Critical Thoughts on Climate & Society section on the IRIS website. 

Read the Blog  


IRIS will be continuing the climate justice conversation on February 13th. Hope you can join us in 120E Stedman Studio at 1pm. 

IRIS is Organizing an Earth Hour Event

Earth Hour is about to celebrate its sixth year as a successful event to raise awareness and engage citizens in energy conservation. In preparation for Earth Hour, IRIS will be hosting a dedicated event in conjunction with student clubs and other organizations on campus. If you would like to take part in organizing and hosting the event, you are most welcome. Please contact Enrique Miranda at

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The Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability is a university-wide research centre that pursues an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of sustainability. Through our collaborations on sustainability related research projects and innovative initiatives, we hope to generate awareness amongst the York University community of our social, natural and economic spheres, while engaging students, staff and faculty in action that creates change on campus and beyond.


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