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Climatepedia and Global Partners for Sustainability is hosting a panel discussion on the Paris Climate Agreement. The goal of this panel is to inform the UC Irvine community of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 21, which took place in Paris, France in late 2015. We seek to present panelists from multiple disciplines to discuss the Paris Agreement and the implications of this historic document. This event is targeted at undergraduate students, but is open to the public.

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Student Center Pacific Ballroom C

5:15pm – 5:30pm – Registration
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Panel Session
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Reception and Art Gallery

For more information contact Kimberly Duong @ or visit the Facebook event page.

We feature four professors with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise:

Professor Joseph DiMento, Environmental Law

Dr. Joseph DiMento is a professor and founding faculty member at the UC Irvine School of Law. He has written a dozen books and taught courses on international law, urban and regional planning, domestic and international environmental law, administrative law and regulation, business and government, and conflict resolution. Dr. DiMento has also served for 10 years as the director of UC Irvine’s Newkirk Center for Science and

Professor James Randerson, Earth System Science

Dr. James Randerson is a Chancellor’s Professor of Earth System Science. He studies the global carbon cycle using remote sensing, measurements, and models. Specifically, he looks at climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, land use change, and the effects of fire on ecosystem function and atmospheric composition. He is an expert in global change and disturbance dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems. Dr. Randerson’s research has taken him to Alaska and Siberia to assess the long-term impacts of fire on surface energy exchange and fluxes of carbon

Professor Steven Allison, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth System Science (joint appointment)

Dr. Steven Allison is a professor in the departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Earth System Science. His research focuses on ecosystem responses to climate change. Specific projects address the resilience of microbial communities to drought and the effect of rapid climate change on carbon losses from southern California ecosystems. He is the UCI Faculty Climate Action Champion and oversees the Climate Action Training Program, an integrative training program for climate scholars that utilizes the expertise of multi-disciplinary faculty and non-academic partners. These scholars will translate big ideas into tangible climate

Professor David Feldman, Public Policy

Dr. David Feldman is a professor of Planning, Policy, & Design and Political Science. He specializes in water resources management and policy, global climate change policy, ethics and environmental decisions, adaptive management and sustainable development. His current research is focused on green infrastructure and urban water policy, trans-boundary dispute resolution and water, flood risk communication, the water-energy policy nexus, and the challenges in achieving institutional reform to promote equity in water management.

We give thanks to several campus organizations who provided support (Global Sustainability Resource Center, UCI Sustainability, UCI Student Affairs, ASUCI Sustainability Commission, The Green Initiative Fund, and more). Special thanks to Global Partners for Sustainability and Climatepedia for hosting.

  • Global Partners for Sustainability (led by Andrew Hallak, fifth year International Studies student and Dalai Lama Scholar) and

  • Climatepedia (led by Kimberly Duong, PhD student in Civil Engineering and Gianna Lum, second year Earth System Science student)

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