UC at Paris COP 21

Date: 10/12/2016
We know how vast the ocean is, covering over 70% of the earth's surface. And we certainly enjoy the benefits that come from the ocean, whether that is lounging on a beach overlooking its enormity or partaking in the biological abundance that comes from its waters. But what are the influences we are having on the ocean and the subsequent consequences it may have for humanity? Early career scientists from NOAA and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego lead the audience on a journey of discovery of the things that first awed them about the ocean as well as the ocean's current challenges due to the rise in greenhouse gases and subsequent climate change.

Date: 7/11/2016
Political scientist and policy expert David Victor of UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy dissects the tactics of global diplomacy that made the Paris 21st Conference of the Parties achieve the successes it did, while 25 years of previous efforts at global climate change agreements have largely failed

Date: 6/8/2016
Fifteen physical scientists, political scientists, and students from UC San Diego were part of the University of California delegation to the 21st Conference of the Parties, more commonly known as COP 21, the latest in a series of negotiations held annually under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The outcome was a landmark agreement to fight climate change signed by 195 countries, as well as inclusion of ocean science in final COP agreements text for the first time. Join us for an insider's look at the conference and find out from local participants why this agreement holds great promise for the future.

Date: 6/6/2016
Climate scientist Richard Somerville completes the "Climate Change at the Crossroads" series presented by the UC San Diego Library with a talk recounting his experiences at the Paris COP 21 conference and his ongoing efforts to widen public understanding of the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Date: 5/30/2016
Renowned climatologist V. Ramanathan from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography makes a moral argument for mitigating climate change, arguing that it is caused by a fraction of the world's population but is affecting everyone on this planet. He urges scientists and policy makers to reach out to religious leaders, as he has done with the Pope and the Dalai Lama, and ask them to join together in pursuing solutions for the common good.

Date: 5/9/2016
Renowned scientist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography describes how to find areas of agreement between governments, religious leaders and researchers on difficult issues such as the need to address climate change. Recorded on 02/24/2016.

Date: 4/4/2016
Climate change policy expert David Victor, a professor of International Relations at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy & Strategy and two of his graduate students provide insights into the process and the outcome of the 2015 COP 21 climate talks in Paris. Victor has been a participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) proceedings since the IPCC's inception Victor is presented here by the UC San Diego Library Channel.

Date: 4/4/2016
Margaret Leinen, a paleo-oceanographer and climatologist who is now the director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, shares tales of leading the University of California's delegation to the Paris Climate Conference, the career path that began in the Midwest and moved out to sea, and her excitement about the imminent arrival of the Research Vessel Sally Ride, named for the late astronaut who was the first American woman in space. Leinen speaks with Karen Flammer, the director of education for Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego aboard the R/V Melville in the San Diego Bay. Recorded on 01.12.2016.

Date: 12/7/2015
A variety of leaders from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the City of San Diego, UC Office of the President and the United Nations describe the process that generated "Bending the Curve," the seminal report on scalable actions to slow the pace of human-induced climate change. Recorded on 10/26/2015.

Date: 9/7/2015
After being summoned to the Vatican to advise on climate change, Dan Kammen of UC Berkeley shares an insider's view on what inspired Pope Francis to issue such a passionate plea to protect the earth in Laudato Si, his 2015 encyclical on the environment. As a practicing Catholic, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm praises the Pope for presenting "human ecology" as a moral issue in this lively exchange with Kammen and Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.