Rising to the Challenge: Climate Experts Gather in Riga for Special Report on Cities

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

On April 16, a gathering of scientists, academics, and various experts will take place in Riga, Latvia for the scoping meeting of the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities. This special report will be included in the Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The purpose of the scoping meeting is to establish the structure, focus, and framework for this unique report.

Participants at this meeting include leading climate scientists and city experts who bring 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 this existing body of work, there is still an opportunity to expand perspectives and test narratives that will shape the outcome of this report.

Meanwhile, on a different 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 the limits of science and policy. This event features an overview of the upcoming Special Report on Climate Change and Cities 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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