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Frightening global implications visit Camosun College

February 16, 2010

Renowned Canadian author and military historian Gwynne Dyer opens Camosun College's 2010 Speaker Series speaking on Climate Wars, March 11 at the McPherson Playhouse.

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What is a climate war?

Global warming is moving much more quickly than scientists thought it would. Even if the biggest current and prospective emitters - the United States, China and India - were to slam on the brakes today, the earth would continue to heat up for decades. At best, we may be able to slow things down and deal with the consequences, without social and political breakdown. Gwynne Dyer examines several radical short- and medium-term measures now being considered - all of them controversial.

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. Dyer's recent books include Future: Tense (2005) and The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq (2007), both of which were number one or number two on the Globe & Mail's non-fiction best-seller list. His new book, Climate Wars, based on his recent CBC "Ideas" series of the same name, deals with the frightening geopolitical implications of large-scale climate change.

Join us for a Climate Wars presentation

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions during a half hour question and answer period.

Tickets are $22.25 for adults and $14 for students (plus service fees) available through the McPherson Box Office: 250-386-6121.

Camosun College thanks the many sponsors who have made the Insight Speaker Series possible this year: presenting sponsor Coast Capital Savings; media sponsors Jack FM, the Times Colonist, 'A' British Columbia, 98.5 The Ocean; and reception sponsor Anne Wortmann of RBC Dominion Securities.

All funds raised by the Insight Speaker Series go to support the Camosun College Foundation.

Gwynne Dyer

More about Gwynne Dyer

Born in Newfoundland, Gwynne Dyer 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 first television series, the 7-part documentary "War", was aired in 45 countries in the mid-80s. One episode, "The Profession of Arms," was nominated for an Academy Award. His more recent works include the 1994 series "The Human Race", and "Protection Force", a three-part series on peacekeepers in Bosnia, both of which won Gemini awards. His award-winning radio documentaries include "The Gorbachev Revolution," a seven-part series based on Dyer's experiences in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in 1987-90, and "Millennium", a six-hour series on the emerging global culture.

In Canada, Dyer's column appears regularly in the Telegram in St. John's, the Halifax Daily News, the Fredericton Daily Gleaner, Le Soleil in Quebec City, La Presse in Montreal, Le Droit in Ottawa, the Kingston Whig-Standard, NOW in Toronto, the Hamilton Spectator, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, the Guelph Mercury, the Sudbury Star, the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, the Winnipeg Free Press, Prairie Dog/Planet S in Saskatchewan, Vue in Edmonton, Fast Forward in Calgary, Georgia Straight in Vancouver, Monday Magazine in Victoria, and about forty other newspapers.

In the United States, his column appears in the Cincinnati Post, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Hartford Courant, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Raleigh News & Observer, Sacramento Bee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Salt Lake Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Winston-Salem Journal and about twenty other papers.

Outside North America, papers that use Dyer's column regularly include the Japan Times, the Straits Times (Singapore), the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), the Bangkok Post, the Canberra Times, the New Zealand Herald, The Pioneer (New Delhi), DNA (Bombay, Dawn (Karachi), 7Days (Dubai), the Bahrain Tribune, Arab News (Saudi Arabia), the Jordan Times, Egypt Today, the Jerusalem Post, the Turkish Daily News, the Moscow Times, Telegraf (Kiev), Lidove Noviny (Prague), Monitor (Sofia), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Information (Copenhagen), NRC Handelsblad (Rotterdam), De Standaard (Brussels), Zeitpunkt (Switzerland) Internazionale (Rome), Daily Vision (Uganda), The Star (Nairobi), Zimbabwe Independent, The Citizen (Johannesburg), the Cape Times, the Jamaica Daily Gleaner, the Trinidad Express, the Barbados Advocate and the Buenos Aires Herald.

Last updated: February 24, 2010 3:13 pm

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