December 2, 2015
The University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) will send three UI graduate students to attend the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (or COP 21) next week.
The three UI students attending the event are Nick Fetty, KC McGinnis and Andrea Cohen. Fetty and McGinnis are both masters’ students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who also serve as graduate assistants and communication interns at CGRER. Cohen is doctoral student in the College of Education who formerly served as Commissioner for the City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission. The three will be in Paris from December 7 through December 12.
Jerry Schnoor, CGRER co-director and environmental engineering professor will also attend COP 21 and will cover it for the academic journal, Chemical & Engineering News. Follow Jerry on Twitter @JerryatCOP21.
McGinnis, Fetty and Cohen will be providing daily updates on the climate talks and activities of COP 21 participants. They will be following topics that are of interest to Iowans including following the efforts of Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol who will also be in Paris. Their print, photo and video coverage will be hosted at www.IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org and www.cop21memo.weebly.com. Also follow them on Twitter at @CGRER, @nick_fetty and @mcginniskc.
Representatives from 196 countries are expected to attend the event which will run from November 30 through December 11. Event organizers hope that the diplomats from the various countries will be able to come to a “legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C,” according to the COP 21 website.