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Earth Week: Inter-disciplinary panel on climate change

This year as part of Earth Week, CICSS and the Down to Earth: Cornell Conversations About… Podcast team are hosting a live panel discussion on climate change. The speakers will provide their different perspectives on climate change and solutions to this wicked problem. The event is open to the public and can be seen in person, or viewed online via Zoom or Facebook Live. To join in person, the discussion will be held in Warren Hall B25 on April 23rd, starting at 5pm.

The speakers include:

Professor Natalie Mahowald: Dr. Mahowald is a Professor of Engineering and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She is an American Geophysical Union Fellow, recipient of the American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award, and was one of the Lead Authors of the 2018 Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees IPCC Special Report.  Her research focuses on understanding global and regional scale atmospheric transport of biogeochemically important species such as desert dust. She is also interested in how humans are perturbing the natural environment, especially through biochemical feedback.

Professor Mike Hoffmann: Dr. Mike Hoffmann is the executive director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, which was created to help raise the profile of the challenges posed by a rapidly warming climate and to help those who grow our food adapt to changing conditions as well as reduce their carbon footprint. He has also published climate change articles in the popular press – The Hill, Fortune, and USA Today and is writing a book- Our Changing Menu: What Climate Change Means to the Foods You Love and Need. Dr. Hoffman has also given a TEDx Talk titled “Climate Change: It’s Time to Raise Our Voices.”

Professor Karen Pinkus: Dr. Karen Pinkus is a Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature and the author of numerous books and articles on literature, film, and in the past decade, on the relation of the humanities to climate change. Her 2016 book Fuel. A Speculative Dictionary, brings together literature, science and philosophy to undo the dream that “future fuels,” inserted into existing social and technological structures, will save us from disruption. She is currently completing a new book, Down There. The subsurface in the Time of Climate Change, that reads literary narratives from the nineteenth century — the dawn of the fossil fuel era — to think about issues such as extraction or non-extraction and carbon sequestration.

Dr. Christopher Dunn: Dr. Christopher Dunn is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Horticulture, the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Direction of Cornell Botanic Gardens, and a Faculty Fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. He is a botanist and conservation ecologist who has considerable experience studying the relationships between peoples and place, and human impacts on the landscape. Dr. Dunn serves on the boards of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature-U.S., the Center for Plant Conservation, and Terralingua and is the chair of the IUCN National Committee for the US. He is also the North American Councillor for the International Association of Botanic Gardens.

Further information on joining via the Zoom webinar is available on our events page.

To Register via Zoom, click here.