Science and policy experts from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and their colleagues across the Columbia Climate School are in Glasgow for the United Nations’ 26th Climate Change Conference (COP26). We’re hosting and participating in a number of events, sharing stories about our work on food security and climate adaptation with other global thought leaders and international partners.
What to Expect From the COP26 Meeting“What really matters is what actions are taken to reduce emissions and adapt to the climatic changes that are already happening. And while those actions can be committed to at COP, success or failure will be determined by what happens in countries when COP is over.” – IRI Director John Furlow. Read the full story.
Why the COP Process Matters“The biggest, simplest message that we have is that we can’t adapt to the impacts of climate change we are seeing all around the world if the people generating climate information in a country and the people facing the climate impacts in the same country are not talking to each other, collaborating, and co-producing useful climate information products together.” – Mélody Braun, country lead for Bangladesh, ACToday Columbia World Project. Read the full story.
Five Important Questions About COP26 Answered“I can imagine there’s a real sense of helplessness in a small country or low emissions country that is feeling the impacts of the changes that are happening, but has to depend on others to reduce emissions to solve the problem.” – John Furlow, in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine. Read the full story.
COP26: Resources for JournalistsColumbia University will have a strong presence at COP26. Many experts will be attending or closely monitoring the meeting, and speaking at various events. Most will be available for media interviews. See the list.