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The Heat is On: The Climate Imperative

August 18, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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About this Event

The world will soon face warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, perhaps as soon as 2024. Join us online for a conversation about what a hotter planet will mean for people, ecosystems, and the international community. 

The Speakers:

Ama R. Francis is the 2018-2020 Climate Law Fellow at Columbia University's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Her work focuses on developing legal solutions to disaster displacement and climate migration. She also analyzes and supports the implementation of adaptive measures in small islands and least developed countries. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2018 where she was an active member of Yale’s Environmental Justice Clinic, a student director of Immigration Legal Services, founder of Clarity & Community, and led New Directions in Environmental Law 2018. Ama also represented Dominica at COP22. 

Radley Horton is a Lamont Associate Research Professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research focuses on climate extremes, tail risks, climate impacts, and adaptation. Radley was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He currently Co-Chairs Columbia’s Adaptation Initiative, and is Principal Investigator for the Columbia University-WWF ADVANCE partnership, and the NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. Radley is also the Columbia University lead for the Northeast Climate Science Center, and is a principal investigator on the Climate Change Education Partnership Project. Radley teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world leader in interdisciplinary climate and sustainability research, policy and teaching. Under the directorship of pioneering geochemist Alex Halliday, PhD, the Earth Institute brings together a community of earth and environmental scientists, economists, lawyers, public health specialists and business and policy experts to seek solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges.