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Gerald Kutney

Ph.D. in chemistry, author on climate change

Dr. Gerald Kutney has a Ph.D. in chemistry and executive experience in the corporate sector and entrepreneurial enterprises in the bioeconomy and renewable energy sector. Currently, he has his own consulting firm, Sixth Element, which specializes in helping entrepreneurs make their bioeconomy projects a success, and volunteers as a mentor for MBA students at the University of Ottawa. Also, he has been a board member for the Ottawa Eco-Talent Network. For the past decade, he has studied climate change policy development and is an active defender of the science of climate change against the attack of climate deniers in Canada on Twitter (@6esm).

Gerald was an adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia in the Environmental Science Program, where he taught the graduate course Climate Change & Global Warming. While at the university, he presented an open lecture at the NRES Seminar in the Research Colloquium Series, called Bioenergy and Climate Change.

Now living in Ottawa, he has presented several guest lectures at Carleton University on climate change for the engineering course Technology, Society and the Environment. Gerald was also an invited speaker for the Carleton University Green Energy Symposium, where he presented Climate Change Policy Development – Failure of the Kyoto Accord, and was a member of a panel discussion on Energy Policy and Innovation, organized by Student Energy. Gerald has published a peer-reviewed book, entitled Carbon Politics and the Failure of the Kyoto Protocol, which charts the framework and political evolution of the Kyoto negotiations in search for an answer to the failure of the international community to act on climate change. The focus is not on the science or consequences of climate change but on the political gamesmanship which has been pervasive throughout the Kyoto negotiations by the major players. An overview of the book was published in a series of articles by Blue & Green Tomorrow, and Gerald was twice interviewed about the work by Yale Climate Connections.