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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Toward a Global Climate Agreement: Comparing Countries' Levels of Effort

Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries have committed to gather in Paris in December 2015 to finalize a new international agreement to take action on climate change. To prepare for Paris, each country must outline Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), the actions it will take to reduce its emissions. At this Resources for the Future First Wednesday Seminar, experts will discuss a new method for comparing the INDCs, based on work by a team from Harvard University, Duke University, Japan's Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, and Resources for the Future. They will also present a preliminary assessment of mitigation actions announced by several key jurisdictions, and a negotiator from the US State Department will offer comments.

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Dr. Thomas Hertel of Purdue University on Impacts of Climate Change and Mitigation Policies on Global Land Use and Poverty

The Johns Hopkins University will host a forum featuring Thomas Hertel of Purdue University, who will address the impacts of climate change and mitigation policies on global land use and poverty.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Global Warming: A Perspective from the Poles

How do we know what we know about global warming? Scientific knowledge is never perfect, but there is ample evidence of significant change in the Arctic and Antarctic and cutting-edge technologies are continuing to improve our understanding. Dr. Meier will discuss compelling observations in the polar regions, much of it collected by NASA, and the implications of these data on future climate change in the U.S. Following a Q&A, members of Citizens Climate Lobby will talk about their work to build support for climate action in Congress.

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