Cornell Delegations to UN Climate Change Conferences
For the fifth consecutive year, Cornell is sending delegates to the United Nations Climate Change Conference Conference of the Parties. This year marks the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties – or COP – and will take place from December 3-14, in Katowice, Poland. Read more on our UN-COP site.
For the fourth consecutive year, Cornell is sending delegates to the United Nations Climate Change Conference Conference of the Parties. This year marks the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties – or COP – and will take place from December 3-14, in Katowice, Poland. Read more on our UN-COP site.
Cornell University sent a delegation of ten faculty researchers, eleven students, and two staff members to COP23, in Bonn, Germany, from November 6-17. Funding was provided by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, and Engaged Cornell. Read more on our new UN-COP site.
Previous COP Participation
Fourteen Cornell faculty, staff, and students participated in COP 22 (Marrakech, Morocco) 11/7-11/18:
- 11/18: Climate Geoengineering and its Governance
- 11/8: Cornell Climate-Adaptive Design Studio
- 11/8: Getting Climate Smart: Carbon Sequestration in the Soil
- 11/4: Cornell Faculty Research on Climate Change
- 11/4: Cornell Strengths in Climate Change Research
- 11/4: Hopes for COP22
Cornell's COP22 delegation included seven faculty researchers, five students, and two media contacts. They participated in several Cornell-supported events. Major funding support for the delegation was provided by the Atkinson Center.
This conference will bring together some of the world’s best experts from indigenous peoples, researchers and governments. Speakers will provide testimonies about how local communities are grappling with impacts exacerbated by climate change, their efforts to adapt but also the constraints and limits that they are facing, and case studies that highlight how indigenous and local knowledge can be sources of renewed understanding, resilience and resistance.
(Collaborators: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Indigenous Peoples Of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), and the Tebtebba Foundation
- Dawit Solomon will present on "700 Year-old Indigenous African Soil Enrichment Technique as a Climate-smart Global Sustainable Agriculture Alternative."
* Land-based Food Security Interventions Can Deliver Both Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Benefits in Sub-Saharan Africa (poster)
* Indigenous African soil enrichment as a climate-smart sustainable agriculture alternative (paper)
11/7: Bioenergy with Soil Carbon Sequestration for Climate Change Mitigation (video)
The session will feature best management practices from Climate Smart Agriculture, agroecology, and watershed projects around the world that are strengthening livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change and increasing community resiliency. We will share lessons learned from participatory approaches, and highlight the need for policy change.
(Featuring: Johannes Lehmann and Dawit Solomon)
11/7: Cornell Climate-Adaptive Design Studio (video)
This program links an academic design studio with New York State waterfront communities to explore alternatives for more resilient and connected waterfront areas. It combines urban initiatives for growth and revitalization with the most recent climate projection science, as an opportunity not to fear change but to inspire cities to thrive by acting now. In addition to physically adaptive design ideas, the process encourages stakeholder interaction at multiple levels in the interests of a more socially and ecologically resilient future.
(Featuring: Joshua Cerra)
Four Cornell researchers participated in COP 21 in Paris
COP 21 (Paris) 11/30-12/11:
News + Media: (Latest from blog)
- 12/21: Howarth on WXXI - Will the Paris Climate Deal Be Enough?
- 12/17: Lehmann on WAER - Bringing Climate Talks to CNY
- 12/17: Howarth on WCNY - Curb Climate Change by Banning Fracking
- 12/14: Howarth on Hong Kong Radio 3 - COP21 Review
- 12/13: A Scientist's View on COP21
- 12/12: Serious about 1.5 Degrees? Stop Fracking!
- 12/11: The Hottest Ticket in Town
- 12/9: COP21 with 2 Days to Go
- 12/8: Carbon Capture and Clean Development
- 12/7: A Humanist Reports from COP21
- 12/6: Report from Paris: COP21 at the Half-way Point
- 12/4: Perspectives from a Veteran COP Delegate
- 12/2: Getting to Work at COP21
- 12/1: World’s Leaders Came to Open COP21
- 11/30: A Little Bit of Upstate New York at COP21 in Paris
- 11/23: Delegation Videos
- 11/18: Cornellians Travel to Paris for Global Climate Summit
The 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris brought the world together to address climate change at a time when science and ethics are converging on the critical necessity for nations to act individually for the best interest of all. Climate change and its current and anticipated impacts are among Cornell’s climate change research, education, and outreach programs. Cornell's delegation (below) to COP21 provided a spotlight into the depth and breadth of the challenge – and the immense energy focused on finding solutions. From critical thinking about human dimensions of climate change, to methane’s role in rising GHGs, to soil-based solutions and climate-resilient agriculture, Cornell’s thought-leaders brought energy, passion, and innovative thinking, to the Paris conference.
12/3: Climate Change, Agroecology, Nutrition and Food Security (Africa Pavilion)
Cornell, along with the United Nations Development Programme, the French Institute of Research for Development, and the International Food Policy Research Institute, hosted an official side event for world leaders, at which Johannes Lehmann delivered a talk, "Food Security Interventions for Mitigating Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa." Allison Chatrchyan moderated the panel.
12/3: Presentation to Unions Against Fracking
Bob Howarth and world anti-fracking leaders addressed fracking and its failure as a "bridge" fuel renewables.
12/7: Methane's Role in the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Shale Gas (Webcast)
bob Howarth participated in a webcast to over 500 colleges and universities in the US, organized by the Xavier Green School Movement.
12/10: International Anti-Frackng Summit—Not Here, Not Anywhere
Bob Howarth participated in a presentation organized by Friends of the Earth Europe, Eathworks, Stop the Frack Attack, Food and Water Water, and Attac France.
Allison Chatrchyan, Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, Director
Chatrchyan, the director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture and a fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, is a social scientist with a background in international environmental politics and policy.
"COP21 will establish binding agreement on climate change."
Johannes Lehmann, Soil and Crop Sciences
Lehmann is a professor of soil and biogeochemistry and soil fertility management in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Dr. Lehmann specializes in soil organic matter, soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions and soil fertility.
"Soils a top priority"
Robert Howarth, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Howarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a fellow with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has studied global warming for 40 years. His research focuses on methane as a greenhouse gas, and demonstrated large methane emissions from the natural gas industry, particularly from shale development. (http://howarthlab.org/)
"Reduction of both carbon dioxide and methane is key"
Karen Pinkus, Romance Studies and Comparative Literature
Pinkus is a professor of romance studies and comparative literature in Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Romance Studies and a member of the faculty advisory board with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Pinkus is fluent in French, English and Italian, and has been writing and teaching about the relation of the humanities and climate change for the past decade.
"Philosophical and critical thought needed to further geo-engineering"