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Extreme Heat in Cities: Notes from the Front Lines of Climate Change

Date: 10/08/2010

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: 105 Cargill Building & Microbial and Plant Genomics

Cost: Free

Description:

Globally averaged temperature measurements indicate that 2010 is on track to be the warmest year on record. What does this mean for cities? Are urban environments warming as fast as the planet as a whole and, if so, what unique steps can cities take to slow this pace of warming? This talk will present data on warming trends in the largest U.S. cities and consider how strategies for managing climate change in cities may differ from strategies for managing global scale change.

Brian Stone, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the area of urban environmental planning and design. Stone's program of research is focused on the spatial drivers of urban environmental phenomena, with an emphasis on land use and climate change, and is supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other funding institutions. Prior to joining the Tech faculty in 2005, he taught in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked as a planning consultant and served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations with a mission related to urban sustainability. Stone's work on urbanization and climate change recently has been featured on CNN, CBS, National Public Radio, and in print media outlets such as Forbes and USA Today. Stone holds degrees in environmental management and planning from Duke University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

This event will be broadcast online and archived via UMConnect at umconnect.umn.edu/IonE

Contact:

  • Name: Stephanie Szurek
  • E-mail: sjszurek@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Institute on the Environment

More information: http://environment.umn.edu/news_events/events.html

Disability Options:

Room is accessible.

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