Unpacking the Future of Climate Change: A Scoping Meeting in Riga, Latvia

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

Riga, Latvia will host a scoping meeting for the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities, which will be part of the Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The special report is set to be the only one included in AR7, and its purpose is to establish its structure, focus, and framework.

Leading climate scientists and city experts will participate in the scoping meeting, drawing upon a wealth of knowledge from scholars, city networks, and previous IPCC reports such as the Summary for Urban Policymakers from the Sixth Assessment Report. Despite the existing body of work, experts have an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and expand their perspectives during the time leading up to the meeting in Riga.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting a special discussion that brings together IPCC authors, climate policy experts, and writers who employ fiction and narrative to challenge the limits of science and policy. The event will feature an overview of the upcoming Special Report, readings from Invisible Cities where authors collaborate with science and policy communities to create new fictional representations of cities facing climate challenges. Additionally, there will be a broader conversation on the significance of narratives in driving climate action.

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