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"Do The Math" with Dr. Brad Bass

As a part of a global effort, we will be screening the documentary "Do The Math" next Thursday (May 16th) at the Franklin House in Streetsville at 7:00pm. The documentary follows the founder of, Bill McKibben around the country as he tries to encourage politicians and the public to confront the looming climate crisis.

Dr.Brad Bass is an adjunct Professor at University of Toronto in the School for the Environment. He uses scientific approaches derived from complexity theory to develop new solutions for saving water and energy and for conducting environmental simulations.  Dr. Bass involves both high school and university students in designing new ecological technologies, new simulations for research and on several science-based environmental initiatives. Dr. Bass is well-known in the green roof and wall industry for his work on simulating building energy consumption, biodiversity on green roofs and workshops for elementary school students. He has also worked as a government in-house Green Roof expert and is often called upon to advise on green roof installations.

Dr.Bass received his PhD in Geography from Penn State University, with focus on information theory as an indicator of the quality of climate and meteorological observations and forecasts. He has worked in a number of other areas including agricultural meteorology, new vector-borne diseases emerging under climate change and climate change scenarios, for which he was a co-recipient of the Noble Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In 2011, Dr. Bass mentored three high school students that all went on to win gold medals, one also went on to win a platinum medal, at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.  Two of Dr. Bass’ students represented Canada internationally at a Science Expo in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2011, and one went on to represent Canada at the European Youth Science Fair in Helsinki, Finland in  2011.


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  • Lisette S.

    We cannot afford to be reticent in this matter. Dr. Bass gave us much to think about, and has hopefully moved us to make small changes in our own lives.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Ivor D.

    Whoops! A challenge, which I enjoy. McKibben a mystery until the name raised here. Lives, apparently, in Vermont (which I know well), an idyllic setting. Not surprising, our very own David Suzuki lived on Saltspring Island, BC, again an idyllic setting which I know. Suzuki now resting on his laurels but still producing magnificent TV fare that has be viewed with care, a critical eye and mind: shades of Thoreau in both of them!

    Come on! Bangladesh! Bay of Bengal flooding old stuff. Confluence of Ganges and tributary run plus high tides the (OLD, OLD) cause. Possibly, population growth now exacerbates an old known problem.

    Kiribati, Maldives, let me add Vanuatu (South Pacific) to the list. Vanuatu, like the others, crying foul about rising sea levels. I checked Vanuatu government web recently. Not a peep about rising waters.

    Off-lying Islands, tiny and uninhabited, come and go, as they always have over past years......More, unable....

    Need more be said.... Menippus

    May 13, 2013

    • Ivor D.

      My daughter-in-law works as a senior executive of a major worldwide insurer. Don't get me wrong, I hold no brief for insurance companies but let me tell a story.....

      May 14, 2013

    • Ivor D.

      Some twenty or so years ago she was complaining about the pay-out for storm damage in Florida. Storms, twisters, were more frequent she said. True/false or just partially so? Digging around I got a different story. From availability of AC Florida's population had boomed enormously. More people, more homes, some very fragile just waiting for a twister to come by. Storm damage soared, but records showed that storm frequency and severity had not.

      May 14, 2013

  • Ivor D.

    Yes, I noted the CO2 May 9, 2013 record. One must recognise that unusual natural phenomena - rising seas, wildfires, extreme weather, even tsunamis - have been with us since time immemorial. Its only our modern means of communication (Media, Internet and on) that, to a certain extent, create present day (immediate?) awareness, frequency, and possible concern. Rising seas typical. Not a peep, far as I am aware, from Halifax, Vancouver, Newfoundland or any other Canadian ocean ports (Atlantic/Pacific) about problems (causal) from rising seas. The Dutch get a lot of media attention as, periodically, does Venice, but these locations have been fighting the sea for ages. The Dutch I believe, past masters so I listen, or seek, information from them assiduously as an indication of reality

    Yet we live longer even with increasing CO2..................


    May 13, 2013

  • Ivor D.

    Took a quick shufti at background and current activities of this fellow McKibben. I have never heard of him before. My reaction is to label his climate "preachings", false equivalence. Although he does claim his work is science based - I am not sure what he means by this statement?

    He appears to have peddled his false equivalence syndrome to many who slavishly follow (and possibly contribute funds) to the partial nonsense dished up by wonders what Al Gore has to say - although one can dismiss any preaching from this source!

    I say partial nonsense, as climate change (why have they ignored Global Warming?), appears to be a demanding challenge where false equivalence, at the moment, holds sway.

    Regret I will not attend "Do The Math."

    Menippus (Ivor)

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Kevin S.

      Not all of us can make like ostriches!

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • Seylon

    looking forward to it.

    May 11, 2013

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