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Eyes of the world on Edmonton as experts gather for IPCC

Scott Sutherland
Meteorologist/Science Writer

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 2:29 PM - Scientists, policy-makers and experts are meeting this week to discuss the importance of cities when it comes to both climate action and climate impacts, and what cities can do to help us reach a sustainable future.

At the very first Cities IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, in Edmonton, AB, representatives from around the world are coming together to address a key gap in our approach to climate action.

So far, as Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson points out, much of the attention has been on the global response. Cities, however, are responsible for roughly 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and they are where many climate impacts are being felt. Thus, this conference is serving as a gathering place for scientists and experts to work with policy-makers, to guide our knowledge of how cities will be affected, and how cities can best approach climate action.

Shannon Phillips, Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks, speaks at a Monday press conference at Cities IPCC, about the importance of addressing climate change, along with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, Catherine McKenna, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC, and Emilia Saiz, Secretary-General United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). Credit: Scott Sutherland

The conference is being hosted at the Shaw Conference Centre, in downtown Edmonton, from March 5-7, 2018. It is open to the public, who are encouraged to attend, to learn about the science being conducted, and what we are doing to address climate change.

Stay tuned for more updates, both on The Weather Network and via Weather Network Digital News, directly from the conference throughout the week.

Watch Below: The IPCC Chair speaks to the importance of this forum

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