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New Meetup: The Changing Climate for Development

From: Ronnie
Sent on: Friday, May 28, 2010 12:24 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Chicago Science Field Trips Club!

What: The Changing Climate for Development

When: Tuesday, June 1,[masked]:15 PM

Northwestern University
Jacobs Center, Room[masked] Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

Visiting Faculty Lectures
As part of its Visiting Faculty program, Northwestern Institute for Sustainable Practices (NiSP) has invited professionals in key areas to spend several days on Northwestern University's campus, where they will be available to meet with faculty and graduate students. During that time, they will deliver lectures in their area of interest.

Rosina Bierbaum, Dean, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

The Changing Climate for Development

Today's enormous development challenges are complicated by the reality of climate change - the two are inextricably linked and together demand immediate attention. Climate change threatens all countries, but particularly developing ones. Estimates are that developing countries would bear some 75-80% of the costs of anticipated damage caused by the changing climate. Developing countries simply cannot afford to ignore climate change, nor can they focus on adaptation alone. But developed countries must make financing and technologies available. Action to reduce vulnerability and lay the groundwork for a transition to low carbon growth paths is imperative for both developed and developing countries.

In this talk, Dr. Bierbaum will explore how to better help people cope with new or worsened risks. Land and water management must be adapted to better protect a threatened natural environment, while at the same time meeting the need to feed an expanding and more prosperous population. Energy systems must be transformed to meet increasing demand while drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Free admission and free parking on campus
Evanston campus map

Dr. Rosina Bierbaum is Professor and Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan. NiSP is pleased to host Dr. Bierbaum together with the Social Enterprise at Kellogg program for a lecture discussing the ecological dimensions of climate change. Dr. Bierbaum has actively enhanced interdisciplinarity in research and teaching at SNRE, while expanding the scope of the school through linkages to business, increased research, and an expanded mission. In April 2009, President Obama named her to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which consists of 20 of the nation's leading scientists and engineers, chosen to advise the President and Vice President directly on policy in the many areas where understanding of science, technology and innovation is key to forming responsible and effective policy. In April 2008, Dr. Bierbaum was selected by the World Bank to co-author and co-direct its prestigious World Development Report 2010, which will focus on climate change and development. This report will focus on helping nations think about how sustainability, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and development can be achieved simultaneously. Along with many other honors, she has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2000 she was awarded the Waldo E Smith medal of the American Geophysical Union for 'extraordinary service to geophysics', and in 1999 she was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency's "Climate Protection Award."

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