May 20, 2024 12:55 am
Framing the Future: Exploring Climate Science, Policy, Fiction, and Narrative in the Upcoming Special Report on Cities and Climate Change

A scoping meeting for the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities in the Seventh Assessment Report of the IPCC is set to take place in Riga, Latvia on April 16. This meeting will bring together scientists, academics, and experts to outline the structure, focus, and framework of the report. The Special Report on Climate Change and Cities will be the only special report included in AR7.

Leading climate scientists and city experts will be among the participants at this important gathering. They will utilize a vast amount of knowledge produced by scholars, city networks, and IPCC authors to shape the narrative of this crucial report. In addition to reviewing previous assessments, such as the Summary for Urban Policymakers from IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, they will also examine new research and data that has emerged since then.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting a special discussion that will bring together IPCC authors, climate policy experts, and writers who use fiction and narrative to explore the intersection of science and policy. The discussion will provide an overview of the forthcoming Special Report, showcase readings from the Invisible Cities project where authors collaborate with science and policy communities to craft new fictional representations of cities facing climate challenges. Participants will engage in a broader conversation on how narratives can impact climate action by influencing public perception and motivating behavior change.

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