Future of International Climate Agreements

The future of international efforts to manage climate change faces great uncertainty. The greenhouse gas commitments established under the Kyoto Protocol are set to expire at the end of 2012, and governments are scrambling to negotiate a successor agreement. What is the future of international climate agreements? Can we expect a new set of binding commitments, or will the system of rules and institutions evolve in a softer, more decentralized direction? This webinar will provide information about:

  • The history of the global system governing climate change
  • Political obstacles to international negotiations on climate change
  • Policy recommendations for designing a successful agreement to manage climate

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Framing Climate Change: Recent Research Trends on Communication Strategies and Public Opinion

Climate change has become a hot-button issue in mainstream American politics, and people are divided over its causes, impacts, and solutions. This webinar will offer an overview of how the public views the issue of climate change, several explanations for these differences in perception, and possible approaches for bridging the gaps through innovative communication strategies. This webinar will provide information about:

  • Public opinion trends about climate change and public policy
  • Different explanations for divisions in public opinion about climate change
  • What the latest communication research tells us about best climate change communication practices, and about developing a public consensus about this issue

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Chicago Climate Action Plan

Chicago Climate Action Plan

Urban areas are responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and cities are increasingly seen as the place where the solutions to climate change will be found. Chicago developed its Climate Action Plan in 2007 to outline the mitigation and climate readiness goals for the city. It has since been recognized as one of the leading plans in the country because of its scientific rigor, community involvement, and actionable targets.

Moving from plan to action has involved thousands of people, many different sources of support, and a set of innovative approaches. This webinar will provide information about:

  • The process for creating the Chicago Climate Action Plan
  • How Chicago moved from plans to action
  • Accomplishments and next steps

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Climate Change & Invaders: Sources of Uncertainty in Managing the Great Lakes Region

Invasive species have dramatically altered terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems around the Great Lakes. Managing these invaders in the face of greater uncertainty due to climate change provides additional challenges to resource managers. Can management actions be adapted to address invasive species concerns? This webinar will provide information about:

  • Invasive species found in the Great Lakes region
  • Potential impact of climate change on the ranges and effects of invasive species in the region
  • Research needs and adapting management actions to address future conditions in the region

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Balancing the Economic Benefits with the Environmental Impacts of Shale Energy Development

Balancing the Economic Benefits with the Environmental Impacts of Shale Energy Development

Directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing have unlocked vast new reserves of natural gas in the United States. Development of these resources is now well under way in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and is now beginning in Ohio. This study assesses whether the economic benefits generated by shale energy production justify incurring certain unavoidable environmental costs. This webinar will provide information about:

  • The nature of shale energy production and its broader implications for the world energy complex
  • Environmental impacts including the frequency of environmental incidents, their severity, and associated remediation efforts, and
  • Estimates of the economic benefits and environmental costs of shale energy development.

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Featured Presentations

  • 2010-09-28
    Dr. Jonathan Patz

    University of Wisconsin
    Climate Change in the Great Lakes: Key Vulnerabilities to Public Health in the Region. Read more.

  • 2010-11-02
    Dr. Brent Sohngen

    Ohio State University
    Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Great Lakes Farms and Forests. Read more.

  • 2010-10-14
    Dr. Dan Herms

    Ohio State University
    Effects of Climate Change on Species Interactions in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems. Read more.

  • 2011-01-11
    Dr. Peter Curtis

    Ohio State University
    Managing Great Lakes Forests for Climate Change Mitigation Read more.

  • 2010-12-07
    Dr. Anthony D. Kendall

    Michigan State University
    Climate Change, Biofuels, and Land Use Legacy Read more.