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Climate Working Group

Reducing Climate Risks


In the coming decades, urban systems and infrastructure must be resilient to sea level rise and increasing climate extremes, and improved financial security for developing-world farmers is essential to prevent cities from being overwhelmed by climate-induced human migration. This working group focuses on decreasing the risks we face—locally and globally—through policies, practices and products that mitigate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, foster adaptation to climate change, and reduce our vulnerability to climate extremes. Specific challenges to be addressed include developing new technologies and practices to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, strengthening urban-rural networks in the age of climate change, addressing geoengineering governance, and advancing climate justice.


Working Group Leader:

  • Natalie Mahowald, Irving Porter Church Professor of Engineering, lead author of United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius.”


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