Obama’s science advisor to talk energy at Colloquium on Forests and Climate

US President Barack Obama’s top science advisor will explore fresh ways to tackle energy challenges during a rigorous scientific debate, to be held at Columbia University in New York the day after the UN Climate Summit.

John Holdren, a former Harvard professor and an expert on environment and technology policy, will be one of six international thought leaders on the panel for the “Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change” on 24 September.

The Colloquium, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will explore ways to bring about the lasting change needed to tackle climate change and related socio-environmental problems.

After a long and distinguished career in science, Holdren now serves as Obama’s leading advisor on scientific issues in his capacity as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also co-chairs the president’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Joining Holdren on the panel will be Brazilian climate change expert Carlos Nobre, who is a member of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s High-Level Scientific Advisory Panel on Global Sustainability; Daniel Nepstad, of the Earth Innovation Institute; leading anthropologist Eduardo Brondízio; food security expert Cheryl Palm; and Pushpam Kumar, chief of UNEP’s Ecosystem Services Economics Unit.

The Colloquium on Forests and Climate is an affiliate event of Climate Week NYC, which will feature about 100 events held alongside the UN General Assembly, the inaugural meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the UN Climate Summit.

WATCH LIVE ONLINE: This event will be webcast at http://www.cifor.tv.

More information on the event is available on the event webpage at www.cifor.org/colloquium.