NewsNovember 15, 2022

Climate Central at COP27, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

COP27 Sign

As world leaders and climate experts gathered in Egypt for the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference–more commonly known as COP27–Chief Meteorologist Bernadette Woods Placky and Director of Climate Science Andy Pershing presented Climate Central’s work to government officials, international media, fellow scientists, and climate organizations from across the globe. These are just a few highlights:

Pershing detailed the Global Climate Shift Index in an international panel on advancements in attribution science (11/10) with Carlo Buontempo (Copernicus Climate Change Service), Joyce Kimutai (Kenya Meteorological Department), and Carina Bachofen (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre).

COP27 Andy Panel

At exactly the same time, Placky and The Nature Conservancy Chief Scientist Katharine Hayhoe held a live discussion on communicating climate and weather. (Both wore their warming stripes for the interview!)

COP27 Bern & Katharine Interview Stripes

Climate Central’s visualizations were featured in the ICCI Cryosphere Pavilion, where Pershing conducted multiple presentations of our tools and research.

COP27 Andy Cryosphere Posters

Placky joined a panel on climate and faith inspired by the film “The Letter” about Laudato Si, the Pope’s encyclical on the environment.

COP27 Bern The Letter Panel

At the State Department’s U.S. Center, “Climate Conversations” featured Placky and Pershing with Yale’s Anthony Leiserowitz (11/11) discussing communication and attribution science.

COP27 Climate Conversations

Pershing represented Climate Central and our sea level rise research in an official side event on “Slow Onset, Irreversible Events Beyond Adaptation,” organized by ICCI.

In addition to showcasing Climate Central’s communications and research, COP27 represented another extraordinary opportunity to connect with climate leaders from around the world, building partnerships in an environment that couldn’t exist without this level of international cooperation.