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

Special Report on Climate Change and Cities: Shaping the Narrative for Global Change

The Special Report on Climate Change and Cities in the Seventh Assessment Report of the IPCC is set to take place in Riga, Latvia on April 16. Leading climate scientists and city experts will come together at this scoping meeting to outline the structure, focus, and framework of the report. The only special report included in AR7, this report will provide a comprehensive analysis of the impact of climate change on cities around the world.

Participants at the meeting will include scholars, city networks, and IPCC authors who will utilize their extensive knowledge to shape the narrative of the report. This includes the Summary for Urban Policymakers, a city-focused summary of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. In preparation for this meeting, experts are encouraged to expand their knowledge, stimulate their creativity, and test the narratives that will shape the report.

In addition to this scoping meeting, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting a special discussion that brings together IPCC authors, climate policy experts, and writers who use fiction and narrative to explore the intersection of science and policy. This discussion provides an overview of the forthcoming Special Report and showcases readings from the Invisible Cities project. Through this project, authors collaborate with scientists and policy communities to craft new fictional representations of cities facing climate challenges. The discussion also explores how narratives can impact climate action by engaging in a broader conversation about their role in shaping public opinion and driving change.

Overall, both events highlight

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