On Episode 4 of the Why Climate Podcast we are talking to Dr. Michael Mehta.

Dr. Mehta is a Professor of Environment, Culture, and Society at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

He is an environmental social scientist who specializes in science, technology and society with a focus on environmental and health risk issues, and he focuses on air pollution and solar energy.

Dr. Mehta was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Thompson Rivers University, Principal of Richardson College for the Environment at the University of Winnipeg, Executive Director of the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta, and Chair of a program on the social, ethical, political and legal impacts of biotechnology at the University of Saskatchewan.

He set up Canada’s first Purple Air network of PM2.5 monitors with more than 50 across British Columbia, and has decades of experience in renewable energy and nuclear safety. He led development of Canada’s first solar sidewalk system called the Solar Compass, and owned a solar energy company and started a solar non-profit that completed 100+ solar arrays in the province.

He sat on the Board of Directors of SaskPower, SaskPower International, NorthPoint Energy Solutions, and the national Board of Canadian Blood Services.

He has published more than 60 articles, five books, and has received numerous awards including Health Canada’s Chief Scientist Distinguished Lecturer and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal to name a couple.

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