Framing the Special Report on Cities and Climate Change: Exploring Climate Science, Policy, Fiction, and Narrative

Expert Discussion on Urban Climate Change: From Science to Fiction and Beyond

On April 16th, in Riga, Latvia, a gathering of scientists, academics and various experts will take place for the scoping meeting of the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities. This special report is part of the Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and will be the only one included in AR7.

The purpose of this meeting is to establish the structure, focus, and framework of the report. The participants will include leading climate scientists and city experts who will utilize a wealth of knowledge from scholars, city networks, and previous IPCC reports such as the Summary for Urban Policymakers from the Sixth Assessment Report. However, despite the existing body of work, this meeting provides experts with an opportunity to broaden their knowledge, expand their perspectives and test narratives that will shape the outcome of this report.

Meanwhile, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting a special discussion that brings together IPCC authors, climate policy experts and writers who employ fiction and narrative to challenge science and policy limits. This event features an overview of upcoming Special Reports readings from Invisible Cities where authors collaborate with science and policy communities to create new fictional representations of cities facing climate challenges. Additionally there will be a broader conversation on how narratives can drive climate action.

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