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FEATURE: Disasters in a changing climate – Introducing the IPCC ‘Special Report on Extreme Events’


Coming only days before the start of the Durban climate change negotiations, this event will examine findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). Written over two years and involving nearly 200 authors and many hundreds of reviewers, the report provides a unique insight into the future of disasters in a changing climate and ways governments and societies might respond.

This event represents the first opportunity for a UK audience to hear from a set of the report’s lead authors talking about different dimensions of the report. The Summary for Policy Makers of the Special Report is launched on 18 November in Uganda with the full report, published by Cambridge University Press, available at the end of February 2012.

Speakers:

Dr. Maarten Van Aalst – Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre and Co-ordinating Lead Author, IPCC Special Report

Dr. Clare Goodess, University of East Anglia and Lead Author, IPCC Special Report (tbc)

Dr. Tom Mitchell – Overseas Development Institute and Co-ordinating Lead Author, IPCC Special Report

Professor Mark Pelling – Kings College London and Co-ordinating Lead Author, IPCC Special Report

Professor Virginia MurrayHealth Protection Agency and Co-ordinating Lead Author, IPCC Special Report

 Discussant:

Sam BickerstethChief Executive Officer, Climate and Development Knowledge Network

An ODI and Climate and Development Knowledge Network public event.

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