What Would it Mean to Understand Climate Change?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016  3:30pm - 5:30pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

First come, first seated


The Center for Science & Society at Columbia University

Research Cluster on Environmental Sciences and Humanities

    Event Video
    What Would it Mean to Understand Climate Change?

Isaac Held (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, NOAA)
Philip Kitcher (Philosophy, Columbia)
Jonathan Weiner (Journalism, Columbia)

Efforts abound to “understand” climate change. But what kind of understanding is needed? Does “understanding” mean the same thing to concerned citizens as it does to scientists, humanities scholars, or policy makers? At this public event, climate scientist Isaac Held, philosopher of science Philip Kitcher, and science journalist Jonathan Weiner will compare the work of understanding undertaken by different communities engaged with climate change, and address the question of what remains to be understood.


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