Shaping the Future of Climate Science: Riga Hosts IPCC Special Report Scoping Meeting

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

In Riga, Latvia on April 16, an assembly of scientists, academics, and various experts will gather for a scoping meeting to discuss the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities that will form part of the Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The sole report to be included in AR7, its purpose is to establish its structure, focus, and framework.

The participants at this meeting will include leading climate scientists and city experts who will draw upon a wealth of knowledge from scholars, city networks, and previous IPCC reports such as the Summary for Urban Policymakers from the Sixth Assessment Report. Despite the existing body of work, this gathering provides experts with an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and expand their perspectives before shaping the outcome of the report.

On a separate note, 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 limitations. This event features an overview of the upcoming Special Report, 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 the significance of narratives in driving climate action.

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