For 2 weeks this December, Cornell faculty and students attended the United Nations Conference of Parties Climate Change Negotiations in Katowice, Poland. Students went as part of a newly developed course on Global Climate Change Science and Policy. The course was co-taught by CICSS Director, Dr. Allison Chatrchyan, Dr. Natalie Mahowald, Dr. Linda Shi, and Dr. Sharon Sassler.
The course introduces students to climate change science and policy, with a focus on how science is factored into the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and how negotiations take place at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP). Cornell was able to send 17 students to the COP this year, split over the two weeks.
Students engaged with global leaders and policymakers working to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius over the next century. Students were able to hear about cutting-edge science and strategies for addressing the impacts of climate change.
This COP was considered to be as important as the COP in Paris, given the parties were tasked with developing a rulebook for how each country will carry out their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Click here to read a comprehensive summary of the outcomes of COP24.