The Ethics of Risk and Climate Change

April 12-13, 2013

Friday, April 12: 8:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall

About the workshop
Climate change generates risks for the population of the Earth, and climate policies seek to manage the risks but are also plagued with uncertain outcomes. This workshop will explore the ethical aspects of dealing with risk for the relevant actors of climate management: scientists, policymakers, economic agents, and citizens through papers presented by economists, philosophers, climate scientists, environmental economists, and political theorists. Discussants include policymakers in the area of climate change.

Workshop organizers
Marc Fleurbaey, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Melissa Lane, professor of politics; and Stéphane Zuber, Centre de Recherche Sens, Ethique et Societe

Climate Change and Water Cycle, and Communicating Uncertainty

March 30–31, 2012

Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Princeton University
Workshop Agenda

Climate change has major implications for rainfall and water resources. This workshop will emphasize the communication of uncertainty about hydrology – storms and hurricanes, droughts, changes in annual rainfall and its seasonality, runoff, and river flow. Spatial and temporal variations in the regional hydrocycle dwarf those in regional temperature in terms of their importance for policy-making decisions, and uncertainties in the hydrocycle dwarf uncertainties in temperature in climate modeling.

The conference will host presenters who are natural scientists and commentators from the social sciences. Discussions will center on the implications of the hydrological findings for politics and society in particular regions and offer suggestions for the type of natural science research that would be most important for scholars and policymakers concerned with the implications of climate change for those regions.

Princeton Conference on Environmental Politics Research Frontiers in Comparative and International Environmental Politics

December 2–3, 2011

Princeton University 
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Cosponsored by the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change