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Calgary April Luncheon: U.S. Climate Liability Lawsuits Against Oil Companies: An Attempt to Bring Science to the Table

April 18, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The next CPANS Calgary Technical Luncheon presentation is Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Please register by this Friday, April 13!


Christian Reuten, Ph.D., ACM, Technical Director / Associate, RWDI AIR Inc.

Christian’s technical work at RWDI includes climate-change assessments, data analysis, and numerical modelling and model evaluation.  He oversees RWDI’s Greenhouse Gas Verification Program and a broad client sector including government, Indigenous people, lawyers, and academia.  Christian is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary.  His research interests comprise climate downscaling and the impact of regional climate change on glaciers, air quality, and tropical cyclones.  Christian was a reviewer of two IPCC Assessment Reports.  He is a CMOS Accredited Consultant in Meteorology and received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of British Columbia.


Legal scrutiny of oil companies is growing in the United States.  By now, at least nine U.S. cities have filed law suits against oil companies over climate change;  to-date, none has succeeded.  On March 21, Judge William Alsup, presiding over two lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland, took an unprecedented approach:  Trying to establish a common understanding of the facts, he had asked both sides to prepare a two-hour tutorial, each, to answer eight questions on climate science.  In this presentation, I will walk you through those eight questions and provide the best available scientific answer – in less than an hour, because I will not indulge in legal appeals.

Registration and payment:
Please register by end of Friday, April 13 for the event, so that we can order the correct number of lunches. Register for this event with Paypal online registration and payment (there is an option for using a credit card, no Paypal account is required).

CPANS member cost is $35
Non-member cost is $45

You can also register by emailing CalgaryLuncheon@cpans.org and then we accept payment upon arrival to the luncheon by debit, credit card, cash or cheque. (Please note, the credit/debit card machine works slowly, and you are encouraged to register online, OR bring a cash or cheque, OR arrive 30 minutes before the presentation starts, to make sure we are able to register everyone on time). If you register and are not able to attend, please provide 24 hours notice so that we can adjust our numbers with the venue.

If there is sufficient interest, we will offer a remote webcast option for those who wish to attend the presentation but cannot get to Calgary. Please contact CalgaryLuncheon@cpans.org if you are interested in this option.

The presentation will start at 12pm at the Ramada Hotel (708 8th Avenue Southwest, Calgary). Food will be served at 11.30am.

For Paypal Registration, click the links below:

CPANS Member Registration ($35)

Non-Member Registration ($45)


April 18, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


CPANS Calgary


Ramada Hotel, Downtown Calgary
708 8 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1H2 Canada
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