Matrix On Point: IPCC Report

Panel Discussion | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Daniel Kammen, ERG Chair, Professor, Energy and Resources Group; James Bishop, Professor, Earth and Planetary Science; Kathryn De Master, Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Society, and Environment, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Alexander Arroyo, PhD Student, Department of Geography

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The oceans are warming and acidifying at alarming rates, threatening the collapse of marine ecosystems. Extreme sea-level events put coastal communities at risk. Melting permafrost will lead to landslides, avalanches, rockfalls, and floods.

A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body responsible for assessing the science related to climate change, paints a dire picture about the state of our planet's ecological health, and calls for "timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere." The IPCC's Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate also calls for "ambitious and effective adaptation for sustainable development."

Please join us on November 18 for a "Matrix On Point" brownbag discussion about the IPCC report, featuring four esteemed scholars:

Daniel M. Kammen

Daniel M. Kammen is a Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), and was Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007-2015. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

James Bishop

A professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science, James Bishop investigates the mechanics of biogeochemical processes of aquatic and marine systems. Among his research interests, he explores new ways to follow the very fast (but largely unobserved) biological carbon cycle: photosynthesis, grazing, sedimentation, and respiration. These processes, collectively known as the "ocean biological carbon pump" transform CO2 into organic matter and sequester it in the deep sea, impacting levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The biotic carbon flows in the ocean are substantial and there are open questions regarding the stability of these flows in the face of human induced warming and acidification of the ocean.

Kathryn De Master

Kathryn De Master is Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Society, and Environment in UC Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Her research interests include the sociology of agriculture, rural livelihoods, land access and tenure, farmland financialization, the agriculture of the middle, agroecological/diversified farming systems, terroir, and participatory mapping. Her book, Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning, co-edited with Saru Jayaraman, is forthcoming from the University of California Press.

Alexander Arroyo

Alexander Arroyo is a critical geographer and environmental designer whose work explores the entanglements of design, geopolitics, capital and technoscience. His current research investigates the emergence of “environmental intelligence” as a geospatial logic of control for oceanic, atmospheric, and informational milieux- increasingly the key geographic media for design, economic, and military speculation alike. He is the author, with Pierre Bélanger, of Ecologies of Power (MIT Press, forthcoming), examining the spatial agency of the U.S. Department of Defense in the making, unmaking, and remaking of logistical and infrastructural landscapes beyond the battlefield. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Fellowship.

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