Oct 8 Webinar: Climate Mitigation Ambition in the Wake of COVID-19 and the 2021 United Nations Report

Friday, October 8, 2021  |  2:30 PM ET

A webinar sponsored by the Oxford University Press, the Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) of the School of Public Affairs, and the Department of Environmental Science, College of Arts and Sciences.

Speakers: Todd A. Eisenstadt  and Stephen E. MacAvoy
Moderator: Tony Mathias

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s foremost scientific body on the subject, released findings in August, that human-caused climate change is accelerating faster than anticipated. This webinar addresses developments in climate change science and policy against this backdrop, and that of the COVID-19, which diminished climate change-causing “greenhouse gas” emissions worldwide by some eight percent in 2020 but may require government spending which otherwise would have been available for other projects like climate change mitigation and adaptation. MacAvoy will touch on the major findings of the IPCC study and its implications and emissions trends during COVID and also address new discoveries and advancing technologies in the fight to limit climate change. Eisenstadt will address the importance of infrastructure spending and “Green New Deals” in Europe, the US and elsewhere, and recent advances – and setbacks -in public policy to limit climate change. He will emphasize the role of governments in the run-up to the November 2021 Glasgow meeting of the United Nations climate negotiators, and both speakers will address the need for more dramatic and transformational change.