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After COP26, Professor Kent Moore says the world is on thin ice

For Kent Moore, the excitement of making a discovery is often tinged with sadness.

That's because Moore, a professor of atmospheric physics at the University of Toronto Mississauga, focuses on the impact of climate change.

“I wish I could discover things that weren’t an impact of the change in climate. But unfortunately, everywhere you look on the Earth, you’re seeing these changes and most of them are happening because the climate is changing,” says Moore, who is also vice-principal, research at U of T Mississauga. 

After the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) came to a close last week, Moore says he feels a sense of déja vu – and frustration. 

“Countries have committed to certain levels at COP26, but the problem is, we’ve never been able to meet any of our commitments,” he says. “It’s a challenge. I don’t think it’s going to be easy to meet these targets, but if we don’t... our children and grandchildren will have to deal with the consequences of our actions and that’s what really saddens me.”

His research is a constant reminder of the consequences of climate change.

Read the full article by Kristy Strauss in Arts and Science News here: