The Greenhouse is hosting a discussion with Paul N. Edwards (Stanford University) on the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, where he was one of the lead authors. As you all will have seen, the IPCC report stated that the situation was serious, where human-induced climate change is affecting all parts of the planet in irreversible ways. We will hear some of the key findings of the report directly from Paul, but also discuss the process in which the report was made. We are particularly interested in talking about the place of the humanities in the process, as well as what we in the environmental humanities can do to follow up on the findings and recommendations in the report. 

Paul N. Edwards is Director of the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Stanford University and Professor of Information and History (Emeritus) at the University of Michigan. He writes and teaches about the history, politics, and culture of information infrastructures. Edwards is the author ofA Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010) and The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1996), and co-editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press, 2001), as well as numerous articles. He edits a book series, Infrastructures, for MIT Press. Edwards served as one of 234 Lead Authors on Working Group I of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in August 2021.

The discussion takes place on Zoom from 16:00 – 17:00, Wednesday 18 August
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