Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Columbia University Superfund Research Program Speakers: Bibhash Nath recent Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Geosciences, University of Sidney; Yu Chen, Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health (Epidemiology) and Environmental Medicine, Langone Medical Center, New York University
Wednesday, Sep 17 through Thursday, Sep 18, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice Keynote speakers: Bineta Diop, Founder and President, Femmes Africa Solidarite; Frannie Leautier, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation; Jeffrey D. Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management; Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Erik Solheim, Lead, OECD Development Assistance Committee; Special Envoy for Environment, Conflict and Disaster, UNEP
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm The Political Landscape of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in New York Speakers: Tanya Heikkila, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and Director of the PhD Program; Chris Weible, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and Editor of the Policy Studies Journal
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From climate scientists to ordinary citizens, heads of state to business leaders, thousands of people will gather for more than 100 events during Climate Week NYC. They’ll be discussing and debating the rights of nature, corporate leadership, the threat from rising seas, innovations for social good and innumerable other topics. The activities in and around Climate Week -- officially Sept. 22-28 -- are meant to engage people in tackling the problems posed by worldwide climate change, and to encourage leaders to take concrete steps toward finding solutions.
Keynote speakers will include Bineta Diop of Femmes Africa Solidarité, Frannie Leautier of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Earth Institute Director Jeffrey D. Sachs and Erik Solheim from the UN Environment Programme.
Climate photos, climate talk: Scientist Peter deMenocal (left) from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will speak about “What is Climate Science?” on Sept. 22, 3-4:30 p.m., at the International Center for Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas (at 43rd Street). Admission is free. The talk comes in conjunction with an exhibit of photographs by Sebastião Salgado, who spent eight years traveling the globe to document the last pristine areas of the planet.
Continuing through mid-December, the center plans a series of events in partnership with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and The Human Impacts Institute, Brooklyn. “Friday Evenings with Climate Scientists" will run 6-7:30 p.m., with free admission. Scientists from Lamont-Doherty and IRI will lead visitors through sections of the Salgado exhibition related to each scientist's field of study, explaining the climate conditions and environmental threats particular to the geographic regions documented in the photographs.
Communicating climate: Also on Sept. 22, The Center for Research on Environmental Decisions will co-sponsor a breakfast roundtable discussion on "Climate Communication: Lessons from Science and our Communities." Courtney St. John, associate director of outreach at the center, will join the panel, from8:30-11 a.m. at The Moderns, 900 Broadway at 20th Street. Other panelists will be George Marshall of the British Climate Outreach and Information Network, touring with his new book: “Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change”;andTara DePorte, founder and executive director of the Human Impacts Institute. Melissa Everett, executive director, Sustainable Hudson Valley, will moderate.
Are humans running out of luck? Professor Ruth DeFries (right) will talk about her new book, “The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis,” at the Italian Academy, Columbia University, on Sept. 23 from, 6-7 p.m., with Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen. A reception will follow. Check this link to RSVP for this event. (You can read an interview with DeFries on the State of the Planet.)
Using insurance against weather risks to help farmers and fight poverty: On Sept. 24, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society's Daniel Osgood will join a panel to explore building innovative and sustainable index-insurance markets for weather-related risks in developing countries. The World Bank's Global Index Insurance Facility and the IRI are sponsoring the event, which will include speakers from Swiss Re, AXA Insurance, Oxfam, the World Food Programme and other organizations. The event is open and free, but you must register.
A Colloquium on Forests and Climate will be held Sept. 24 at Columbia. Cheryl Palm (left) of the Agriculture and Food Security Center will join Lisa Goddard, director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, White House science adviser John Holdren and others, who will offer their ideas on “how to change the future by challenging the present.” The afternoon event is open and free, but you must register. Find out about the session and the co-sponsor, the Center for International Forestry Research, here.