Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist

Discovering Global Environmental Interconnections

WHERE IS STEPHEN?

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And why you might want to know

Steve on the Eagle River, Alaska 05-09

My home base is Uxbridge northeast of Toronto (the pic is from Alaska not Ux ;)). I put my travel itinerary here so I can be contacted about suggestions for story ideas or people to meet while travelling.

I am always happy to do presentations/speeches at various formal and informal events see Speaker for more info. If I am going to be in your neighbourhood do get in touch.

Conflicted Traveler?
There are environmental impacts resulting from my travel and I try to minimize them because offsetting my carbon emissions isn’t enough. I travel by train or bus when I can. I don’t fly in and out to cover an event or do a talk, instead I link several events together even if it means being away from home for 2 or 3 months at a time. The upside is remaining in a place for many days or weeks allowing more time to meet people, find out what is happening locally and research other stories. One of the downsides is the cost – travel expenses are rarely covered by publications these days. I can only do what I do thanks to friends, contacts and the sheer kindness of strangers who  provide a couch, spare room or garage to sleep in. And that often turns out to be another upside to travel. Thank you all.

Contact me

2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013

***JANUARY-APRIL***

Home base – Uxbridge

2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012

*** NOVEMBER-DECEMBER***

DOHA, QATAR

COP 18 — UN climate change negotiation

***OCTOBER***

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2World.

***SEPTEMBER***

COOK ISLANDS

PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM

***JULY/AUGUST***

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND

International Coral Reef Symposium – Cairns 

***JUNE***

RIO DE JANERIO June 10-20

RIO+20 –United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD

***MAY***

NEW YORK CITY (tentative)

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

****MARCH/APRIL***

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples

***FEBRUARY***

EDMONTON, CANADA

 Tar Sands

VANCOUVER, CANADA

AAAS – Vancouver

***JANUARY***

Home base – Uxbridge

201120112011201120112011201120112011

(in reverse order)

**** NOVEMBER/DECEMBER ****

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 17

**** OCTOBER****

CHANGWON, KOREA 

UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

****JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER****

THE HAGUE   30 JUNE – 2 JULY

NATURE INC

****JUNE****

Vienna, Austria June 21-23

Vienna Energy Forum 2011 - Energy for All

Oslo, Norway June 14-16 (TBD - no travel funding )

Forest Europe - Ministerial Forest Conference

Bonn, Germany  June 7 -17 

UNFCCC - SBSTA meetings

Oslo, Norway June 5-7  

Nansen Conference - Climate Refugees

Berlin, Germany  June 1-5

*** MAY***

Leipzig, Germany May 23-30

2011 International Transport Forum - TRANSPORT FOR SOCIETY

****APRIL***

CANADA’S FEDERAL ELECTION

****MARCH***

Honolulu, Hawaii March 20-24

International Marine Debris conference 


2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010

*** DECEMBER ***

Cancun, Mexico Nov 25 – Dec 18

Climate Change Conference UNFCCC COP 16

*** NOVEMBER ***

home for three weeks 8 Nov – 24 Nov

*** OCTOBER ***

Nagoya, Japan 14 Oct – Nov 6

Convention on Biodiversity, COP 10 conference, Nagoya, Japan

London 1 -6

Census of Marine Life, London, UK (No funding avail)

*** SEPTEMBER ***

Montreal 12-16

World Energy Congress, Montreal (No funding)

*** AUGUST ***

Oaxaca, Mexico 25 -31

Community Forestry Workshop (cancelled – no funding)

Aug 1 -12 Vienna

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

*** JULY***

Berlin, Germany & Vienna, Austria

International Aids Conference

*** JUNE ***

Bonn, Germany June 19 -24

Climate Change and the Media
DEUTSCHE WELLE GLOBAL MEDIA FORUM 2010

Amsterdam, June 15 -19

Forest Day, University of Leiden

Oslo – June 5 -14

IPY Oslo Science Conference


*** MAY***

Nairobi, Kenya – May 12 – June 4

Convention on Biodiversity — SBSTTA /WGRI meetings

http://www.cbd.int/sbstta14/

Boulogne sur Mer – May 9 -12 (cancelled no funding)

World Oceans Network conference

Paris – May 1 – 7 (cancelled, no funding avail)

UNESCO Global Oceans conference (if funding is avail)

***APRIL***

Nairobi & region Apr 18 – 30 (funding withdrawn)

– visits to UNEP and other parts of Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya – April 5-17 (funding withdrawn)
How will Africa feed her children? Media Training for African Journalists Workshop/ Trainer

Kuna Yala, Panama Apr 1 – 9

Covering the indigenous peoples biocultural workshop adapting to CC and media training

***MARCH***

Montpellier, France Mar 23 – 31

Covering CIFOR (community forestry) & CGARD (ag research priorities to feed the world) conferences

Toronto – March 2-3

National Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network Conference

Speaker

***FEBRUARY***

Bali, Indonesia Feb 21 – 27 (unable to attend – visa issue)

Ministerial gathering on the environment,chemicals and wastes/PLUS Chemicals and Waste Ministerial/UNEP Ministerial Meeting/Media Training Workshop

Victoria, Seychelles Islands Feb 1 -4

Seychelles 1st Indian Ocean Tuna Conference

Victoria, Seychelles Islands Feb 1 -4

World Wetlands Week 2010 Celebration

***JANUARY***

Paris Jan 31 – Feb 2

Seafood Summit 2010

Paris, Jan 25-29

UNESCO International Year of Biodiversity Science Policy Conference

Paris, Jan 21 -22

UNESCO Biodiversity High Level Decision Makers

2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

***DECEMBER***

Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec 5 – 21

UNFCCC conference – Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

(Thanks to IPS and many individual supporters)

***NOVEMBER***

Alliston, Canada

A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium,

Merida, Mexico, Nov 1 – 13

WILD9 – World Wilderness Conference

(Thanks to support from the WILD Foundation)

***OCTOBER***

Toronto (Uxbridge)

***SEPTEMBER***

Oxford University, Oxford England Sept 27-30

+4 C and Beyond
– unable to obtain travel funding

Zaragoza University, Zaragoza, Spain Sept 23-25

UN Water for Life Decade

[canceled] Moderator, International Media Consultation on Water and Climate Change

Columbus Ohio – Sept 19-22

Energy Solutions Conference

Geneva, Switzerland – Aug 29 – Sept 9

World Climate Conference

ANTICIPATING CLIMATE RISKS – Media 21 Workshop

***AUGUST***

Toronto (Uxbridge)

***JULY***

Vienna, Prague, Berlin etc

***JUNE***

Vienna, Austria — June 20-30

International Energy Conference 2009

London, UK — June 16 -20

International Institute for Environment and Development

Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard Norway — June 11-15

UNIS – The University Centre in Svalbard

Svalbard Norway — June 8-10

Ny-Ålesund Symposium:

Climate change: Understanding and influencing global politics towards Copenhagen and beyond”

– thanks to the many generous supporters for helping out with travel funding

MAY

Toronto — May 23 – 31

American Geophysical Union 2009 Joint Assembly

Oshawa — May 9 -

Ontario Society of Environmental Education 60th Annual Conference

University of Ontario Institute of Technology – Speaker

Montreal — May 4-5
* Lower Canada College – Destiny Quebec — Speaker

April

Anchorage, Alaska — April 20 – May 1st
* Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change
- thanks to travel funding from UNU and Project Word

Lindsay, Ontario — April 12

* Fleming College - “Our Water” “Our Health” — Speaker

March

Montreal
* University of McGill Green Week — Speaker

Halifax

* King’s College School of JournalismSpeaker

Pictou, Nova Scotia

* Green Party of Canada National Convention

Feb 2009

San Diego
* Seafood Summit 2009
* Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Chicago
* American Academy for Advancement of the Sciences (AAAS)

January 2009

Toronto home base

2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008

November – December 2008

Quebec City, International Arctic Change conference

October 2008

Sherbrooke, Quebec (Unable to attend)
* Speaker, Sierra Youth Coalition National Conference

September 2008

Toronto homebase

August 2008

Zaragoza, Spain — World Expo Zaragoza 2008 “The Biggest Water Festival on Earth” — Speaker

July 2008

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – International Coral Reef Symposium

Barcelona, Spain – Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF 2008)

June 2008

Toronto homebase

May 2008

Accra, Ghana — Lighting Africa Conference on how to bring reliable electrical services to 1.7 billion people who lack access

Gijon, Spain — Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans

Bonn Germany — Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-9)

April 2008

Johannesburg, South Africa — International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (6-day conference). See coverage here: Feeding the Future

Capetown and elsewhere in South Africa

February 2008

Berlin — Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research [Unable to attend - no travel funding]

London, England — Living with climate change: are there limits to adaptation? (2-day conference) [Unable to attend - no travel funding]…..

January 2008

[Update: Conf Postponed] Nairobi, Kenya — International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (6-day conference) see coverage here: Feeding the Future

Barcelona, Spain – Seafood Summit 2008 (4-day conference) [Unable to attend - no travel funding]

2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007

May to Mid June 2007 home base near Toronto

Summer 2007

Mid to Late June – Sevilla, Spain (speaking at International Forum on Drought)

End June to mid July – Ecuador and Galapagos Islands (covering a conference on the 30th anniversary of the discovery of hydrothermal vents amongst other things)

Mid July to early August – Berlin, Vienna (family time and visits to global climate change research institutions etc) [The many adventures and pixs of these travels are documented here on the Green Quest blog.]

September – Montreal – United Nations Ozone Conference - 20 year Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

October – Ottawa – Sustainable Development in Canada 2027
Toronto - Green BuildingsPlanet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival

November Toronto – World Association of NGOs Summit

Written by Stephen

09/05/2007 at 10:04 pm

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  1. I read your piece about ethanol from cellulose. Have you investigated the use of human waste materials, (garbage), for this same application. Absolutely no other use for this except landfills and water pollution, (which we can do without); lots of available raw material; and I think there has been much practical, functional research completed on this.

    Check out http://masadaonline.com/index.html. I think this is the foreseeable future in getting the most for the energy savings buck.

    Keep up the important work and thank you,

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    Martin Salmon

    08/08/2007 at 10:26 am

  2. Steve,
    Good reporting on the mad idea of Lovelock and Ripley, a good balanced story, pro and con. Have you ever heard about a new project, also mad, to plan and design and build (now!) so-called “polar cities” to house possible future survivors of climate change in say, the year 2500 or so? But the planning needs to start now, when there is time and fuel and transport and materials and good weather. Would love to see you cover or even mention polar cities in a future article about more mad ideas that people around the world are working on to save humankind from extinction. Or worse.

    Chrs

    Danny Bloom
    http://climatechange3000.blogspot.com

    Danny Bloom

    29/09/2007 at 10:22 pm


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