State of the Planet

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State of the Planet 2010 – Introduction

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Credit: Eileen Barroso

Update | 8:40 a.m. Hi everybody. The State of the Planet event is about to begin. The lights are darkening here at Lerner Hall at Columbia University. This year’s conference will address Climate Change, Poverty, Economic Recovery and International Systems. We begin today’s event with a panel on Climate Change. Jeff Sachs, Matthew Bishop and Hans Vestberg, the event hosts, are taking their seats. As a student in the Master’s in Development Practice, this conference is super interesting and relevant as it will bring together the world’s most influential and innovative thinkers and leaders in a wide range of fields. I’ll be blogging the events here as they happen along with my classmates, Jaclyn Carlsen and Eric Couper. We’d like to hear any questions you have, and will try to answer them in our coverage.

A Global Engagement

Update | 8:45 a.m.

It’s an early morning here in NYC with a diverse group of students, development professionals, and media gurus coming together in this room at Columbia University. Of course, it’s not only New Yorkers here, and Jeff Sachs opens with an inclusive tone. We have campuses all over the world participating in this discussion: Emory University (Atlanta), James Cook University (Australia), Tsingua (Beijing), Trinity College (Dublin), and the list goes on. These are partners today, and we’re all thinking together about this technology and what this makes possible.

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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