Des Moines event focuses on local and global impacts of climate change

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Nick Fetty | October 21, 2015

In preparation for the United Nation’s climate conference in Paris later this year, a forum sponsored by the Iowa United Nations Association and the University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research aims to educate Iowans about climate change in the Hawkeye State and abroad.

Drake University will host the 8th and final ‘Community Forums: Iowa, the United Nations, and Climate Change’ on Friday October 23. The forum will include speeches by several local and international experts including University of Oregon law professor Mary Christina Wood, Des Moines-based Bishop Richard E. Pates, and United Nations Association-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley, among others.

“The forum will engage students, community members, public officials, and policy experts in learning about international initiatives to address climate change and the ways in which growing awareness and action on climate issues in Iowa can help support these initiatives.”

Previous events in this series have taken place in Iowa City, Pella, Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and Ames. The 7th forum is scheduled for Thursday October 22 at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield. The event begins at 7 p.m. with a panel including Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, Dean of the MUM College of Business Administration Scott Herriott, Rob Stow of the Harvard University Climate Negotiation Project, and local climate activist Miriam Kashia.

Those attending Friday’s event must register beforehand. The event is open to the public and there is a $17 charge for those staying for lunch (no charge for students).

IPCC issues 2014 Climate Change Report

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Copyright: © Belspo / Nevens

This year’s climate change report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the impacts from climate change are already occurring.

With over 300 authors from 70 countries, this report is a worldwide scientific collaboration. They state that world leaders have a limited time to reduce carbon emissions to avoid disastrous warming.

Major impacts from climate change include sea level rise, large-scale shifts in temperatures that would disrupt human life and natural ecosystems, increased diseases, and decreased or disrupted food production or food quality.

The authors argue that today’s governments are not prepared for the consequences of climate change, and stress how today’s actions determine our future.

View the full report here.

Opinions, reactions, and summaries of the report can be found at The New York Times, USA Today, or The LA Times, among many others.