Release Date: February 2, 2010
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Canadian author to deliver lecture on Public Relations Perversions from Tobacco to Climate Change
Canadian author Richard Littlemore will talk about the use of public relations to create fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the health hazards of tobacco and the existence of climate change during his lecture "Miscommunicating Science: Public Relations Perversions from Tobacco to Climate Change." The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Classroom Building, room 126, at the University of Regina.

Presented by the Faculty of Science and the School of Journalism, Faculty of Arts, Littlemore will tell us how public relations helped powerful interests to overwhelm scientific evidence in the climate change debate and derail action on climate change.

After spending 20 years as a writer and editor at such newspapers as the Ottawa Citizen and the Vancouver Sun, Littlemore jumped into a freelance career as an award-winning magazine writer, a consultant and a speechwriter for some of the west coast's most senior business and academic leaders.

Littlemore's interest in climate change dates to 1996, when he was hired to write the David Suzuki Foundation's first public information package on global warming. Serving at the time as an elected representative on the MetroVancouver Board of Directors, Littlemore was also appointed in 1998 to the Canadian government's Kyoto Implementation Process, where he got an insider's look at how climate change policy is made and, especially, how it is blocked. Littlemore has been the editor and lead writer for the climate change website desmogblog.com since its inception in 2005. He has been with Hoggan and Associates for more than a decade as a writer and senior strategist, and collaborated with Jim Hoggan on Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming and on the earlier book, Do the Right Thing.

Littlemore will also be hosting a book signing which will take place from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 3, in the Science Boardroom (room 237), Laboratory Building, at the University of Regina.

Littlemore will be speaking at the Selam Ethiopian Restaurant, 2115 Broad Street at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 3, presented by Clean Green Regina and the Regina Public Interest Research Group.