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UN Committee of New Canaan Lecture: Managing Climate Risk

April 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

We are delighted to celebrate Earth Day with the UN Committee of New Canaan by welcoming Radley Horton and Drew Magratten.  This lecture will cover the growing realization across diverse sectors of society that climate change is altering the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.  Horton and Magratten will illuminate the scientific foundation behind this large shift in extreme event statistics and will also discuss the societal impacts, including economic and security issues, across local to international scales.  Recent developments in the climate solutions space, specifically greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation to climate change will also be discussed.


Radley Horton is an Associate Research Professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research, NASA GISS.  His research focuses on climate extremes, tail risks, climate impacts, and adaptation.  Radley was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment. He currently Co-Chairs Columbia’s Adaptation Initiative, and is Principal Investigator for the Columbia University-WWF ADVANCE partnership, and the NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast.

Drew Magratten is a co-executive producer for The YEARS Project, makers of YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, an award-winning television documentary series about climate change.  Magratten produced two of the stories in the series’ second season, which was broadcast on National Geographic in over 170 countries and 45 languages.  Now he’s helping the YEARS team bring its climate-focused content to an even larger global audience, via social media.  Prior to YEARS, Magratten worked with NPR, The New York Times, the BBC and CBS 60 Minutes, garnering three Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award.  He lives with his wife and two daughters here in New Canaan.


April 22, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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