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Meeting the Climate Challenge: The Columbia Climate Center Launch

This blog’s proud parent, the Columbia Climate Center, is having its public launch on Tuesday, March 31—and you’re invited! We are hosting this event to spread the word about our new center and its mission, so it is a great opportunity for readers of Climate Matters to come and learn more about the climate challenge and how we are addressing it. Here are some elements of the event that will be of particular interest to readers of Climate Matters @ Columbia:

  • The event is headlined by Ted Turner, who will participate in a one-on-one discussion on issues of climate with Earth Institute Director Jeffrey D. Sachs.
  • Some of Columbia’s leading climate researchers will speak on their areas of expertise (see the full list of speakers below).
  • Mary-Elena Carr, CCC Associate Director and Climate Matters blogger, will be the evening’s emcee, and CCC Director Peter Schlosser will explain the mission and goals of the Columbia Climate Center.

The event is free and open to the registered public. We hope you can join us! Registration is open starting on Thursday, March 12.

Event details

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 4:00PM to 6:30PM
Where: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Memorial Library, The Rotunda (map)
RSVP: www.earth.columbia.edu/calendar

Full list of speakers:
Walter Baethgen, Director, Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University
Wally Broecker, Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
Mary-Elena Carr, Associate Director, Columbia Climate Center
Patrick Kinney, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Sabine Marx, Associate Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University
Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning, United Nations
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Peter Schlosser, Director, Columbia Climate Center
Richard Seager, Palisades Geophysical Institute Senior Research Scientist; Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Ted Turner, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

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