Events

Upcoming

Western Michigan University Light Center China Lecture Series: Understanding Southeast-Asia Urban Teleconnections in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Western Michigan University - Virtual

TBD

 

November 29, 2022

DDL Director Angel Hsu will be speaking at Western Michigan University 's Light Center China Lecture series on "Understanding Southeast-Asia Urban Teleconnections in China’s Belt and Road Initiative".

 Urban growth is rapidly advancing in Southeast Asia (SEA), and this trend will have profound environmental impacts on the region and the world in the coming decades. Nearly half of the world’s urban expansion through 2030 will take place in Asia, with China and SEA accounting for 16 percent of the anticipated growth. Along with rapid urban growth, SEA has experienced a surge in cross-border trade and investment. There is evidence that economic globalization has local land-use impacts. Major overseas investment projects like China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a $5 trillion development initiative, seeks to inject billions of dollars of foreign direct investment (FDI) into SEA countries, with large, yet unknown, impacts on urban expansion and other land-use changes in the region. These processes, known as urban land teleconnections, have lasting impacts on land use and land-use change in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas. The primary goal of this project is to assess how overseas investments from China through efforts like the BRI and other infrastructure investments affect land use in SEA. Dr. Hsu will present preliminary findings from this project and discuss implications for China's carbon neutrality efforts. 

 

Details

3:30 - 5:00 EST

Zoom

Click here to register

AGU 2022: Using Machine Learning to Predict Urban Climate Mitigation Performance

Chicago, IL, USA

December 14, 2022

 

Research/Data Scientist Xuewei Wang will be present a paper entitled "Using Machine Learning to Predict Urban Climate Mitigation Performance," co-authored with Director Angel Hsu, as part of the Global Environmental Change Session at the AGU Fall Meeting.

AGU Fall Meeting is the most influential event in the world dedicated to the advancement of Earth and space sciences. Every year, AGU Fall Meeting unites the Earth and space science community to share findings, connect like-minded scientists from around the world, and advance our profession and shared passion for the impact of science.

 

Details

December 14, 2022

4:45 - 6:15 CT 

In-person, McCormick Place, S502ab

Learn more here: AGU Fall Meeting

DDL's abstract: Using Machine Learning to Predict Urban Climate Mitigation Performance

Past

You can find links to recordings of many of these past talks and panels.

Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium Annual Conference

College Park, MD

November 28 - December 2, 2022

 

DDL Post-doctoral Research Associate Kaihui Song and Director Angel Hsu present two papers at the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) annual meeting. See the preliminary agenda.

Kaihui will present a paper along with UNC Prof. Noah Kittner, "Projecting Future Disparities in Heat Stress in the Continental US," which utilizes climate change scenario models, an output of integrated assessment models used in the IPCC, to project future disparities in heat stress and energy burden. The paper also includes Prof. Wei Peng, Penn State, Angel Hsu (UNC), and Yu Ying (UNC).

Angel will present a paper, "Quantifying Non-state and Subnational Climate Mitigation Contributions with IAMs," which discusses how integrated assessment models can incorporate insights from business and local government actors. The paper includes Mark Roelfsema (Utrecht University) and Takeshi Kuramochi (NewClimate Institute) as co-authors.

 

Details

8:00 AM November 28 - 5:00 PM December 2, CET

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, College Park, MD

Check the IAMC website for information on how to register.

COP27: Climate action by businesses, cities, and cooperative initiatives: faster, and stronger towards more ambitious NDCs

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

November 17, 2022

Research/Data Scientist Zhi Yi Yeo will be speaking on "Climate action by businesses, cities, and cooperative initiatives: faster, and stronger towards more ambitious NDCs" at a side event at COP 27 on November 17.

Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, a myriad of actors incl. businesses, cities, and cooperative initiatives have committed to a low-carbon and resilient future, promising to narrow emissions and financing gaps; to accelerate implementation; and to spur ambition. This event takes stock of efforts by businesses, cities, and international cooperative initiatives and discusses new reports, progress and impacts, and opportunities to enhance NDCs and accelerate action across all sectors.

Other speakers include from NewClimate Institute, Radboud University, German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency,

 

Details

5:30 - 6:30 PM EET

Virtual - Zoom / EU Pavillion in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Watch the recording here.

 

COP27: Balancing net zero integrity & momentum

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

November 12, 2022

The Net Zero Tracker will host an event taking stock of Non-State Actor net zero commitments (from business & investors to cities), with remarks by Jessica Omukuti & Dr Arunabha Ghosh of the High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Net Zero Commitments of Non-State Entities, plus Daniel Barlow, lead of the new ISO net zero guidelines.

Speakers: 

Jessica Omukuti, Oxford Net Zero. 

Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Daniel Barlow, Head of Our 2050 World, The British Standards Institution (BSI)

Dr. Thomas Hale, Prof., the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Dr. Angel Hsu, Prof. and founder, Data Driven Envirolab, UCL

Richard Black, The Energy & Climate Change Intelligence Unit (ECIU)

Details

4:45 - 6:15 EET

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Memphis (300)

Watch the recording here.

COP27: Opportunity Scope 3 – how to exchange emissions data across value chains and why

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

November 10, 2022

DDL Director Angel Hsu will speak on the importance of tracking scope 3 emissions at a panel hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Clear, comprehensive, reliable and comparable sustainability information is increasingly seen as one of the foundational building blocks for companies to be able to take targeted action to tackle their climate impacts. You cannot manage, what you cannot measure and track. 

In this session members of the Partnership for Carbon Transparency – an initiative led by WBCSD and supported by the We Mean Business Coalition which brings together different stakeholders working on this challenge to jointly put in place the methodological and technological infrastructure necessary for emissions data exchange – will share the progress made in enabling companies to truly understand their supply chain emissions. 

Panellists will discuss the prerequisites for transparency, with a particular focus on technological interoperability, and will share details of a recently completed data exchange pilot. They will also discuss the further steps needed to ensure confidentiality and integrity of data, explore the opportunities transparency presents for organizations of all sizes and demonstrate the vital role of collaboration across systems and initiatives in this space. 

If you are doubtful that the Scope 3 challenge can be resolved, this is the session for you! 

Details

10:30 EET

We Mean Business Pavillion

COP27: Global Stocktake Datathon Winners Highlight

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

November 10, 2022

DDL will be hosting an event at COP 27 on November 10 for World Science Day where winners of the GST Datathon will present their research and findings.

The Datathon is facilitates the understanding of data related to the technical dialogue of GST1 and could contribute to the assessment of collective progress. The datathon includes the preparation of prompts and datasets based on the different themes of GST1. The analytical work enables a visualization potential opportunities and identifies creative ways for overcoming challenges.

Two projects – one that created a database of climate action and a second that measured ocean protection – were recently crowned winners of the first Global Stocktake Climate Datathon.

Details

5:00 PM EET

COP27: Launch of the OpenClimate Network

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

November 10, 2022

DDL Director Angel Hsu will speak at Open Earth Foundation's launch of the OpenClimate Network - an open-sourced nested accounting platform that is designed to digitally enable the independent global stocktake.

This presentation will discuss how the OpenClimate Network is being built with open source digital technology to support nested climate accounting and integrate into key digital platforms such as the UGIH or the British Columbia government. To incorporate Non-State actor efforts under the Global Stocktake (GST), the OpenEarth Foundation and the Data Driven EnviroLab, through the Climate Action Data 2.0 community, have launched a Digitally-Enabled Independent Global Stocktake (DIGS).

To verify the nested emissions and mitigation outcomes of corporations or projects in a trusted manner, an open digital infrastructure must connect the key actors with verifier/auditors and the subnational government. In partnership with the British Columbia government, OpenEarth will showcase how Decentralized Identifiers and Verifiable Credentials play a role in the Energy & Mines Digital Trust, verified by the Open Climate Network and incorporated into jurisdictional registries. This same digital architecture and logic is being leveraged for the design and build of the UGIH Virtual Hub.

The goal of this session is to introduce new digital practices in climate accounting and digital MRV to incorporate actions of non-state actors (eg. corporations and cities) into the Paris Agreement efforts.

Speakers:

  1. Martin E. Wainstein & Louisa Durkin, OpenEarth Foundation
  2. Nathan Aman-Blake & Nancy Norris, British Columbia Government
  3. Vincent Caldeira, OS-Climate
  4. Angel Hsu, DataDriven Lab, University of North Carolina
  5. Catherine Atkin, Stanford University (moderator)

Details

11:00 AM EET

Blue Zone, COP27 - UN Global Innovation Pavillion - Zone C

Watch the recording here.

COP27 - Global Stocktake Poster Session

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

November 9, 2022

DDL will attend an informal poster session where participants can learn more about actors and research involved in the Global Stocktake.

During the session, ask questions about their research methods, results, and applications of their findings.

Details

2:00 - 4:00 PM EET

Plenary 2 - Ramses

 

Rethinking Cities in the Face of Extreme Heat

Zoom

October 26, 2022

Protecting people from extreme heat in cities will be one of the central challenges of climate adaptation in the 21st century. At the same time, many cities have pledged to reduce their carbon footprints — even as the need for air conditioning expands — in an attempt to hit net zero by 2050.

How can cities balance the need to cool off with the urgent imperative to reduce carbon emissions? Join Annual Reviews, Knowable Magazine and Future Tense for a conversation about how we can make cities cooler — and save lives — without further heating the planet.

Attendees will learn:

  • What causes the urban heat island effect and why it disproportionately affects people living in poverty, the elderly and minority groups.
  • How green infrastructure can help to lower urban temperatures and protect biodiversity.
  • Why transparent, accurate data are crucial to reducing cities’ carbon emissions and reducing health impacts from heat waves.

Speakers:

Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill

Katie Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona

Moderated by Henry Grabar, Correspondent at Slate Magazine

 

Details

9:00 am PST / 12:00 pm EST

Zoom

Click here to view a recording of the event.

Click here to read a Q & A with Dr. Hsu about what cities can do to survive extreme heat.

Carolina Data Science Now

Zoom

October 27, 2022

 

Carolina Data Science Now is hosting their semi-monthly October seminar on Zoom at 12 PM on October 27th.

DDL Director Angel Hsu, along with Greg Characklis and Brian Blanton, will be presenting at the October edition of Carolina Data Science Now to discuss their work at the intersection of data analytics and the environment.

 

Details

12:00 pm EST

Zoom

Check Carolina Data Science Now for information on how to register and more upcoming events.

IMSI Detection and Attribution of Global Climate Change

 Chicago, IL

October 17-26, 2022

 

DDL Director Angel Hsu will speak on "Detecting and attributing climate policy performance of subnational and non-state actors" from 11:00 - 11:45 AM CDT on Friday, October 21st at the IMSI Detection and Attribution of Global Climate Change event.

This event is part of IMSI's long program on "Confronting Global Climate Change". This program aims to foster new multidisciplinary collaborations and integrate young scientists and researchers into industry, private sector, and academic research through these workshops and embedded research projects with affiliated universities, national laboratories, and private industry.

Detection and attribution of climate change refers to the procedures used in assessing whether or not climate is changing, and if so, how to pinpoint the causes of any identified changes. Quantification of the uncertainty in attribution statements is of critical importance. Detection and attribution methods inform mankind’s current influence on climate and increase confidence in projections of future climate change, and related studies aid climate policy decisions and suggest techniques for adaptation and/or remediation where needed.

This summit is intended as a research workshop on current issues related to climate change detection and attribution, including changes in extreme events and the attribution of individual storms and other weather events and their impacts.

 
 

Details

11:00 - 11:45 AM CDT

Chicago, IL

Learn more and register here: IMSI Detection and Attribution of Climate Change

The "E" in ESG: UC Davis Law Symposium

 Zoom

October 22, 2022

DDL Research Scientist Zhi Yi Yeo will be presenting at the UC Davis Law Review Symposium on corporate net zero pledges

The "E" in ESG refers to the application of environmental criteria to corporate behavior by investors and corporate managers. These environmental criteria may encompass not only greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts but also pollution mitigation, waste management, water usage, and other environmental concerns. This symposium explores this hot topic with provocative panels on "ESG and the SEC: GHG Disclosures," "Corporate Net Zero Pledges," and "Potential Legal Barriers to ESG Action." Top industry professionals and academics will lead these important discussions.

ESG matters not only to investors, but also to corporate managers, employees, customers, and other stakeholders. ESG increasingly informs corporate decisions, is a critical tool for achieving environmental sustainability, and is essential for lawyers to consider in advising corporate clients.

Details

11:10 am - 12:35 pm PT

UC Davis King Hall Room 1001

Livestream over Zoom

Sign up here: UC Davis Law Symposium Registration

Learn more here: UC Davis Law Symposium Information

Global Symposium

 Toronto, Canada

October 22-25, 2022

 

DDL will be presenting at the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness 2022 Global Symposium.

In the past, the Samuel Centre's gatherings have featured uniquely intersectional conversations and a keen focus on practical solutions, as well as a spirit of warmth, laughter, and rich connection. This year—as they imagine and chart new paths forward in the face of the ongoing pandemic and climate change— they will create the same camaraderie and ethos.

At the Global Symposium, DDL Director Angel Hsu and Research Scientist Xuewei Wang will present on the lab's Urban Environment and Social Inclusion (UESI) Index and host a breakout session.

 

Details

Toronto, Canada

Learn more here: Global Symposium Information

Climate Data Extraction Workshop

Location TBD

October 16, 2022

 

DDL is hosting a climate mitigation data extraction workshop where students can contribute to emissions mitigation research, learn about mitigation strategies and gain valuable experience extracting data from academic studies.

Bring your computer and friends! Food will be provided.

 

Details

10:00 am - 3:00 pm EST

Location TBD

Sign up here: Sign Up DDL Climate Data Extraction

Event flyer: DDL Climate Data Extraction Flyer

 

Global Stocktake Climate Datathon

climatedatathon.org 

October 15, 2022

 

DDL is collaborating with the Open Earth Foundation on a Global Stocktake Climate Datathon to support the Global Stocktake (GST) to track collective progress towards the Paris Climate Agreement.

Participants from all over the world are invited to join and will have three weeks to complete their projects. Climate organizations and exports have created prompts in three categories: mitigation, adaptation, and implementation and support.

The goal of the Datathon is to enhance the quality of data (where needed) for the Global Stocktake, enable aggregated data insights, further understanding around collective progress, ways to bridge remaining gaps, and visualize potential opportunities.

There will be cash prizes and the best projects will be able to present their findings at COP27!

 

Details

Taking Submissions from September 21st - October 15th

Sign up and learn more: Climate Datathon Info

Event flyer: GST Climate Datathon Flyer

Monthly Lab Seminar Series: Cassandra Davis

 Dey Hall, Toy Lounge

October 13, 2022

 

 

 

Details

2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Toy Lounge in Dey Hall

200 South Rd., Chapel Hill, NC

Event Flyer: DDL Seminar Cassandra Davis Flyer

Building the Climate Data Internet

Bogota, Colombia

October 12, 2022

 

DDL post-doctoal researcher Marco Schletz will be speaking at the Sustainable Blockchain Summit LATAM in Bogota 4:15 pm COT / 5:15pm EST on October 12th.

 

Details

4:15 pm COT / 5:15 pm EST

Check https://sbs.tech/ for more information on this event.

NASEM Report Release

 

October 4, 2022

 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine invites you to join a public release webinar for the new report, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Information for Decision Making, on Tuesday, October 4 from 1pm to 2pm ET. Members of the committee will share key takeaways, and there will be an opportunity for audience Q&A. 

DDL Director Angel Hsu is a member of the NASEM Committee of Development of a Framework for Evaluating Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Decision Making, who released this report.

 

Details

Watch the recording here: NASEM Report Release

Read the full report here: NASEM Report

Climate Data Extraction Workshop

 
Genome Sciences Building, Room 1370

September 28, 2022

 

DDL is hosting a climate mitigation data extraction workshop where students can contribute to emissions mitigation research, learn about mitigation strategies and gain valuable experience extracting data from academic studies.

Bring your computer and friends! Food will be provided.

 

Details

5:00-8:00 pm EST

Genome Sciences Building, Room 1307

250 Bell Tower Dr., Chapel Hill, NC

Event flyer: DDL Climate Data Extraction Flyer

Panel: Net-Zero Carbon Cities and Electrification: The Next Global Agenda

 
Zoom, Yale's Hixon Center Urban Conference

September 23, 2022

 

DDL Director Angel Hsu will speak on a panel at the the 9th Annual Hixon Center Urban Conference at Yale University. The title of this year's conference is "Cities as Solutions to Climate Change: Perspectives from IPCC Authors."

The conference brings together researchers and practitioners focused on the potential impacts that cities have on climate change around the globe and features two Vice-Chairs and seven Authors from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. We hope you will join us for these presentations and conversations, which will lead us from research to practice and applied solutions at the intersection of urban ecology, better cities, and climate change.

The conference will be held in a hybrid format: streamed online and with limited in-person attendance at the Yale School of the Environment. The conference is free and open to the public. It will be recorded and available for later viewing.

 

Details

9:30 am EST

Yale School of the Environment

Hixon Center for Urban Ecology

195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

 

View the recording of the event here

Monthly Lab Seminar Series: Marco Schletz

Dey Hall, Toy Lounge

September 15, 2022

 

 

Details

1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

Toy Lounge in Dey Hall

200 South Rd., Chapel Hill, NC

Event flyer: DDL Seminar Marco Schletz Flyer

Back From The Brink: A Framework For Climate Action

 
Furman University

August 30, 2022

 

DDL Director Angel Hsu will speak at the first session of Straight Talk 2022: A New Climate Movement, hosted by Furman University.

This speaker series will focus on exploring the roadmap to meaningful climate action, and feature speakers Former Vice President Al Gore, Bob Inglis of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (E&EI) at George Mason University, John Lanier of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and Stinson Woodward Ferguson, an assistant municipal judge for the City of Greenville who focuses on environmental law.

 

Details

6:30 pm EST

McAlister Auditorium

3300 Poinsett Highway

Greenville, SC 29613

 

View the recording here.

Back From The Brink: A Framework For Climate Action

 
Furman University

August 30, 2022

 

DDL Director Angel Hsu will speak at the first session of Straight Talk 2022: A New Climate Movement, hosted by Furman University.

This speaker series will focus on exploring the roadmap to meaningful climate action, and feature speakers Former Vice President Al Gore, Bob Inglis of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (E&EI) at George Mason University, John Lanier of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and Stinson Woodward Ferguson, an assistant municipal judge for the City of Greenville who focuses on environmental law.

 

Details

6:30 pm EST

McAlister Auditorium

3300 Poinsett Highway

Greenville, SC 29613

 

View the recording here.

Monthly Lab Seminar Series: Kaihui Song

 
Abernethy Hall, Room 102

August 18, 2022

 

DDL will kick off the fall semester with the first installment of the lab's monthly seminar series on topics related to environmental
research, data analytics and
professional development. Our first speaker is DDL's newest Post-doctoral Research Associate, Kaihui Song, PhD.

Kaihui will discuss her research on demand-driven climate mitigation in the U.S., and the challenges and opportunities to reduce carbon footprints
from households and state-level actors.

 

Details

1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

Abernethy Hall Room 102

131 Columbia St., Chapel Hill, NC

Event flyer: DDL Seminar Kaihui Song flyer

RTP180: Sustainability

 

 

July 21, 2022

 
Virtual or In-Person at Frontier RTP

 

Angel Hsu, Keith Weitz, James Davis, Jordan White, Matthew Pait

 

Join DDL Director Angel Hsu for a discussion on sustainability. Speakers from the founding Universities, Park companies and the North Carolina community at-large, are getting together for an insightful exchange of views.

 

Details

5:00-7:15 pm EST

Watch the recording here

 

Cities on the Sustainability Frontlines: Measuring Social Inclusion and Environmental Performance

 

July 14, 2022

Zoom

Angel Hsu, Kim Samuel, Xuewei Wang, Laura Ballesteros, Nicole Goddard

 

Join DDL Director Angel Hsu for the latest data and updates to the Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index. As the first of its kind, the UESI Index leverages high-resolution, large-scale data to reveal how cities perform at the intersection of environment and social equity.

As DDL releases the 2022 updates for over 300 cities, this briefing will be held as a roundtable discussion with government policy experts, bringing in applicable reflections and suggestions for a new era of sustainability.

 

Details

10:00-11:30 am EST

Register here

 

The State of Open Data: Climate Action

 

 

June 23, 2022

 
Zoom

 

Angel Hsu, Johannes Friedrich, Aniket Ghai

 

Come and join us to discuss perspectives on the use and impact of open data on Climate Action around the world.

 

Details

3:00-4:30 pm GMT

Register here

 

Media launch: the Global Net Zero Stocktake

 

 

June 13, 2022

 
Bonn, Germany and Zoom

 

Angel Hsu, Takeshi Kuamochi, Thomas Hale, Richard Black

 

This briefing will introduce a new Global Stocktake of net zero commitments; assessing the status and trends of net zero target-setting across countries, sub-national governments, and corporates - released for the first time since the original ‘Taking Stock’ report in 2021.

 

Details

9:15-9:45 am GMT

Access the webcast here

 

Unpacking the New UN Panel Report on Climate Solutions

 

April 25, 2022

Zoom

Angel Hsu

In early April, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its third and final report assessing the state of knowledge on solutions for mitigating climate change. The punchline of the report was stark: unless deep and immediate cuts are made, limiting warming to 1.5 degrees C is out of reach. But the report also recommended a pragmatic view forward: many solutions exist across multiple sectors; many of them are compatible with achieving the sustainable development goals; and growing numbers of laws and policies across the world are seeking to implement these solutions. What does this glass half full picture imply for Singapore and the countries in South-East Asia? Join a distinguished panel including authors of the report and leading policy-makers.

Details

Monday, April 15

05:15 PM - 06:30 PM EST

Register here

 

HeatHack 2022

 

April 23, 2022

Zoom

DDL

This hybrid in-person/remote one-day hackathon will bring together coders, programmers, data visualization whizzes, and environmental enthusiasts to help us discover actionable insights, develop engaging data visuals, and create action plans to address the growing and intensifying challenge of climate change and urban heat in the Triangle. Teams will have the opportunity throughout the day to ask for feedback as they develop their ideas and final products, and at the end, a panel of judges composed of community stakeholders will provide feedback and award prizes for the winning entries. Several webinars will be hosted ahead of the event that brings climate and data scientists to provide free community data science training.

Details

Watch the recording of the final presentations here

Visit the HeatHack website to learn more

 

Panel: What Does the Green Smart City of the Future Look Like?

 

March 10, 2022

Zoom

Angel Hsu

With cities being the largest emitters of GHG emissions globally, city leaders are now faced with the challenge of transforming how cities function. In order to decarbonise cities across the world, cars, public transportation and heating need to be electrified putting more pressure on electricity grids and supply. How can leaders finance the transformation of cities? What is the right balance between centralised and decentralized grids? What are the innovations in construction and building development that can help cities to net-zero? Join DDL Director Angel Hsu at this panel, part of FT Climate Capital Live

Details

Watch the recording here

 

Chapel Hill Heat Watch 2021 Debrief Webinar

 

March 3, 2022

Zoom

Angel Hsu, Xuewei Wang

Join DDL as we discuss results from our 2021 Chapel Hill Heat Watch campaign, as well as how you can get involved with future campaigns.

Details

6:30-7:30pm EST

Join the Zoom meeting here

 

Fix Live: What's Next

 

Jan. 19, 2022

Zoom

Angel Hsu

With catastrophic heat waves and hurricanes, rapidly rebounding emissions, and a sobering IPCC report, 2021 was an “oh shit” year for climate awareness, but doom and gloom is never the full story. More awareness of this existential threat and the repercussions sure to come means that more people than ever are engaging with environmental and social justice issues. To make sense of what this all means for the year ahead, Fix Co-Director Jessica Stahl is sitting down with climate and justice leaders to talk about the changes they see coming in tech, infrastructure, food, energy, and culture in 2022.

Details

5:00-6:00pm EST

Register here

 

Reflections from COP 26

 

Jan. 14, 2022

Zoom

Angel Hsu

Join the UNC Science Policy Advocacy Group for a discussion with the UNC COP26 Delegation on reflections from COP26, moderated by our director and delegation lead Angel Hsu.

Details

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Register here

 

The Science of Net Zero at Environmental Research 2021

 

Nov. 18, 2021

Zoom

Angel Hsu

Environmental Research 2021 is a free-to-attend virtual conference for the international community that brings together leading environmental scientists and influencers to share knowledge and address important global challenges relating to the environment and sustainability. This panel will feature international experts on the science of net zero.

Details

17:00 to 18:30 GMT time

Register to attend here

 

Chapel Hill Urban Heat Island Research Presentation

 

Nov. 18, 2021

Zoom

Xuewei Wang

Join DDL's Xuewei Wang as she presents her and Angel Hsu’s field research on the urban heat island effect in Chapel Hill to the Southeast Regional Climate Center

Details

1:00-2:00pm EST

Join the Zoom meeting here

Password: konrad

 

Takeaways from COP 26: What does US-China geopolitical competition mean for global climate action?

 

Nov. 17, 2021

Zoom

Angel Hsu

This event will reflect on COP26, specifically in regards to US-China geopolitical competition.

Details

9:00-10:15 am EST

Join here

 

Climate accounting guide: How to spot false climate action claims?

 

Nov. 9, 2021

Watch the recording here

Glasgow, UK and Zoom

Angel Hsu

This event will provide an accounting guide by focusing on the physical flows of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Details

16:00-17:30 GMT

Blue Zone at COP26, Hall 4, the Scottish Events Campus, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, UK

 

COP26: The Future of Climate Action Accounting

 

Nov. 5, 2021

Glasgow, UK 

Data-Driven EnviroLab and Camda Climate Action Data 2.0

Join data, tech and policy experts of the Camda Climate Action Data 2.0 community to discuss the use of emerging digital technologies for next-generation climate accounting.

Details

Friday, November 5, from 5-8pm
Climate Action Lab - Strathclyde Student Union
51 Richmond Street, Glasgow, UK

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/climateactioncop26
Agenda: https://tinyurl.com/climateagendacop26

Facing Code Red: Climate Change in Southeast Asia

 

Oct 19, 2021

Watch the recording here

Zoom Webinar (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Viewed alongside other world regions, Southeast Asia is uniquely vulnerable to major damage by global warming. With this background in mind, Angel Hsu and Melissa Low, two scholars with deep regional and policy knowledge will consider questions like: Can currently worsening trends be reversed? Who will represent the interests of the unborn generations who will suffer the long-term consequences of present-day indifference and delay? Will effective policy require authoritarian politics? And how, if at all, will global versions of these questions be addressed and answered in November in Glasgow at COP26?

Details

8:00-9:30 pm

Register and learn more here

Climate Action Credibility in the Climate Decade

 

Sept 22, 2021

Watch the recording here

Data-Driven EnviroLab

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 22 for "Climate Action Credibility in the Climate Decade", a Climate Week NYC event, to hear from experts about the critical importance of tracking climate action data. The event is hosted by Climate Group in partnership with Climate Works Foundation and the data and analytical network Camda, a network of data experts from nearly 100 organizations (including Data-Driven EnviroLab) dedicated to tracking climate action. Camda’s new Climate Data 2.0 initiative, which explores how cutting-edge data methodologies can be used to develop climate action progress and accountability, will be part of the discussion.

Details

10:30 am ET - 12:30 pm ET.

Register and learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/camda-nyc

Climate Action in China and Implications for Southeast Asia

 

August 6, 2021

Zoom Webinar (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speakers

International climate ambition is on the rise. To date, over a hundred countries have joined the Climate Ambition Alliance to work towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In September 2020, President Xi Jinping made waves when he announced that China’s new target of reaching carbon neutrality by 2060; and in March 2021, China’s 14th Five Year Plan set out concrete steps toward that goal, aiming for an 18% reduction in carbon emissions intensity, a 13.5% reduction in energy intensity and a 20% share of non-fossil fuels in the energy mix by 2025. China’s decarbonisation pathways promise an acceleration in both policy and technological innovation. As a major power and the world’s second largest economy, China has the potential to exercise influence over global climate action through its domestic and international policy. This webinar provides a platform for leading commentators on China’s climate policy to analyse these key developments and implications for Southeast Asia.

Details

9:00-10:15 am SGT

Event description

HeatWatch Mini-Webinar Series

 

June 24, 2021

Watch the recording here

Zoom Webinar (Virtual)

Angel Hsu, Xuewei Wang, Joyce Mei

Speakers

The NC Museum of Life and Science held a series of mini-webinars as part of their HeatWatch series. The Data-Driven EnviroLab gave an introduction to the Urban Heat Island and discussed the ways in which different populations all over the world are disproportionately exposed to urban heat. Xuewei and Joyce introduced a new smartphone/Apple Watch app that DDL has customized, called Cozie, to help collect data to better understand thermal comfort.

Details

6:00 pm EDT

Driving Global Emissions Reductions with Data Policy Innovation

 

April 22, 2021

Zoom Webinar (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speakers

Hosted by the Climate Data Policy Initiative of the Stanford CodeX Center for Legal Informatics, this panel explores current efforts to build the carbon data ecosystem - including the development of the legal, technical and policy frameworks - needed to radically accelerate public and private GHG emissions reductions.

Details

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U.S.-China Climate Cooperation: The Path Forward

 

April 22, 2021

Zoom Webinar (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speakers

The United States and China jointly account for 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, so avoiding the worst consequences of climate change will require collective action by the two countries. In the first program in a series on climate change and the environment, and coinciding with President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate, Professors Angel Hsu, Jonas Nahm, and Alex Wang will discuss the critical importance of U.S.-China climate cooperation at all levels of society, and offer practical proposals for policy action.

On April 22, 2021, the National Committee held a virtual program with Angel Hsu, Jonas Nahm, and Alex Wang to discuss the future of U.S.-China climate cooperation in a conversation moderated by China energy expert Joanna Lewis.

Details

4:00-5:15 pm EDT

Event description

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USC US-China Institute: Is China Going Green?

 

April 22, 2021

Zoom Webinar (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speakers

China is the leading emitter of greenhouse gasses, but has also become a major investor in green technologies. It is among the biggest producers of renewable energy. The country has sought to address not just air pollution and climate change, but also water and soil pollution. Gathering and utilizing data is a big part of China's environmental protection efforts. We are delighted to welcome two prominent observers of these efforts to discuss the use of data in making and implementing Chinese environmental laws and policies as well as what data trends actually show about the impact of these efforts.

Details

3:00-4:00 pm EDT

Event description

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UC Berkeley California-China Institute:China's Carbon Neutrality Plans: Game Changer for Climate Change?

 

April 15, 2021

Zoom Webinar (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speakers

On September 22, 2020, China’s President Xi Jinping surprised the world by announcing a goal to achieve “carbon neutrality before 2060,” and peak carbon emissions “before 2030” at the United Nations General Assembly. Meanwhile, with U.S. President Joe Biden’s aims to achieve net neutrality by mid-century in the United States, this marks a unique opportunity to explore enhanced dialogue between the U.S. and China on their respective mid-century climate goals. Still, geopolitical tensions between the two nations remain fraught, and each faces significant obstacles toward rapidly decarbonizing their economies.

To further explore what barriers and opportunities exist for China’s carbon neutrality goals, this panel heard from the authors of China’s Carbon Neutral Opportunity, with commentary from U.S. and Chinese issue-experts.

Details

8:00-9:00 pm EDT

Event description

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AI for the Planet Digital Conference

 

March 16th, 2021

Virtual

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Professor Hsu will speak on a Sustainable Mobility panel session of the "Tuesdays Together for the Planet" dialogue series - created by UNESCO, in collaboration with UNEP, StartUp Inside, and Microsoft.This dialogue series is dedicated to highlighting AI applications in domains related to sustainable development and the preservation of our planet.

Details

2:15 - 3:00PM EST, March 16th

Link to event:

https://aifortheplanet.org/en/session/28d7315a-9382-eb11-b566-000d3a20ecf5

NUS LKYSPP Water Policy Institute

 

November 17, 2020

Singapore (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Professor Hsu will elaborate on the Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index (UESI) that creates a spatial framework to measure the progress of cities towards Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG-11). She will also present a new method for assessing environmental equity that identifies how evenly or unevenly cities are distributing environmental benefits and burdens across neighbourhoods.

Details

11:00 AM SGT

 

CHINA Town Hall: Health & Climate

 

November 18, 2020

Zoom Webinar (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speakers

Angel will join Margaret Hamburg (National Academy of Medicine) and Ryan Hass (Brookings Institution) to discuss the roles of the US and China in addressing the transnational issues of combating climate change and communicable disease.

Details

7:00 am SGT

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CEREAL (Conversation on the Environment, Responsible Energy, And Life)

 

November 3, 2020

Princeton, NJ (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speakers

Angel will be joining as a guest speaker on CEREAL, a weekly talk on a variety of environmental topics hosted by the Princeton Environmental Institute

Details

9:00 pm SGT

More details coming

TED Climate Countdown

 

October 10, 2020 (Virtual Launch)

Virtual

Angel Hsu

Speakers

To make progress on climate action we need to collaborate on a global scale - and your community has an important role to play. On 10.10.2020, Countdown will launch globally with a virtual event, and we invite you to join us. Watch online at home with your family and friends.

Details

countdown.ted.com

Yale-NUS United Nations Society Panel Discussion

 

Thursday, October 8

Singapore

Angel Hsu 

Speakers

Panel discussion on the intensification of climate change due to the COVID-19 pandemic with Prof. Winston Chow, Singapore Management University and Melissa Low, Energy Studies Institute.

Details

4:00-5:30 pm SGT
Yale-NUS College (in person and virtual)

Virtual Forum on Earth System Governance

 

Sept. 17, 2020

Virtual

Angel Hsu

Speakers

Semi-Plenary Session V : The transformative potential of transparency in climate governance. This semi-plenary brings together leading scholars and practitioners interested in the impact of transparency in tackling climate change. Calls for ever greater transparency are now a dominant feature of global climate governance. Under what conditions does (what kind of) transparency lead to more accountable, trustworthy and ambitious collective climate action, as is widely assumed? When is transparency transformative of multilevel climate governance? This semi-plenary takes on this complex and urgent question.

Details

Programme and registration link

Urban Thinkers Campus: Citizen Action Lab

 

Sept. 11, 2020

Virtual

Angel Hsu

Speakers

Citizen Action Lab for Safe and Inclusive and Inclusive Cities. The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) is an initiative of the World Urban Campaign driven by UN-Habitat. The UTC is conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, and decision-makers who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.

Details

Register here.

7:30 PM SGT

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law - COVID-19 and Climate Change in Asia: Opportunity or Red Herring?

 

July 1, 2020

Singapore (Virtual)

Angel Hsu

Speakers

Virtual Roundtables on Asian Law : COVID-19 and Climate Change in Asia: Opportunity or Red Herring? (in partnership with CALS). Speakers: Dr Joseph Chun, NUS Law, Assoc Prof Jolene Lin,  Dr Linda Yanti Sulistiawati, NUS Law, APCEL, Ipshita Chaturvedi, C&C Advisors, Angel Hsu, Yale-NUS College.

Details

Register interest: https://bit.ly/2MnnDBj

World Urban Forum 2020

 

February 8-13, 2020

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Amy Weinfurter

Speaker

Amy will be representing our team in presenting updates to the Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index (UESI) as part of the World Urban Forum's Urban Library Series.

Details

13:00-13:45 Sunday, February 9 in the Urban Library.

Registration is free but required.

Moet-Hennessey Vinexpo 2020

 

February 10, 2020

Paris, France

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Angel will present on the panel, "Climate Change: What do we have to do to adapt?"

  • Pauline Lhote, Winemaking Director, Chandon California
  • Kees Van Leeuwen, Professor of Viticulture, Bordeaux University, France
  • Angel Hsu, Professor of Environmental Studies, Yale-National University of Singapore

Details

More details on the program are here. Registration for the Vinexpo is required.

WEF Annual Meeting 2020

 

January 21-24, 2020

Davos, Switzerland

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Dr Hsu will be speaking at various events at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos.

Details

Registration required. For a full list of Data-Driven Lab events, see this page.

COP25

 

December 4-7, 2019

Madrid, Spain

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Angel will be at the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference for a new round of meetings on climate action. She will also be unveiling digital solutions for climate data tracking from the recent Open Climate Collabathon.

Details

Registration required.

2019 Roundtable on Future District Energy Systems: Decarbonising the City and the Energy Sector

 

December 3, 2019

Singapore

Angel Hsu

Speaker

The Roundtable aims to uncover urban planning challenges to transform today's cities into carbon-free cities. Dr Hsu will present on these challenges as well as join a roundtable discussion with Arno Schlüter and Danny Kennedy.

Details

Registration required.

Prosperity & Inclusion City Seal and Awards (PICSA)

 

November 21, 2019

Bilbao, Spain

Willie Khoo

Participant

Willie will attend the inaugural PICSA ceremony and roundtable, where city leaders and urban policymakers will come together and share best practices for scaling and replicating inclusive cities.

Details

Invitation only.

Subnational transatlantic partnerships ahead of COP25

 

November 21, 2019

Washington, DC 

Angel Hsu

Presenter (remote)

Prof. Angel Hsu will make a remote presentation on Assessing and Tracking Non-state and Subnational Climate Action at this roundtable, which will discuss the EU’s role as a global climate leader, the state of EU engagement on climate action among U.S. States and cities,  the state of transatlantic subnational partnerships (including at EU-to subnational and national-to-subnational levels, and the role of subnational stakeholders in the COP process.

Details

November 21, 10am-2pm EST              George Washington University            Invitation only

 

Open Climate Collabathon

 

November 16 & 23, 2019

Singapore

Contribute to the development of an open source and collectively owned global climate accounting system, platform, and portal. Hosted by Data-Driven Lab and Yale OpenLab, the collabathon will launch at Yale University and continue for two weeks in decentralized efforts around the world until December 6th at the UNFCCC COP25 summit.

Details

November 16, 10am-6pm                Classroom 16, Yale-NUS College            Open to all.

November 23, 11:30am-4pm                Classroom 16, Yale-NUS College            Open to all.

Food provided.

 

JRC Week on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards

 

November 7-8, 2019

Ispra, Italy

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Dr. Hsu will present on the Urban Environment and Social Inclusion index alongside other scorecard and composite indicator projects from the World Economic Forum and MIT.

Details

Registration required.

UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment: Second Meeting of the Governing Consortium

 

 

November 4-5, 2019

Canberra, Australia

Nihit Goyal

Speaker

On 4th November, Nihit will join the panel of the session titled "Science-based Decision Making - Key Issues for the Consideration of the Governing Consortium" to speak about the Emissions Gap Report and the role of non-state actors.

Details

Invitation only.

 

Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils: Agenda for the Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the 4IR

 

 

November 3-4, 2019

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Angel Hsu

Co-Chair 

As co-chair, Dr Hsu will lead various council working sessions and help set the goals and objectives of the Annual Meeting, with a focus on finding solutions to protect global public goods and usher the world into a radically equitable Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Details

Invitation only.

 

 

 

 

Blockchain & Digital Technologies for Global Climate Action Tracking and Accounting

 

 

September 24, 2019

New York City, NY 

Angel Hsu & Amy Weinfurter

Speaker

Data-Driven Lab, in partnership with Yale openLab, will host roundtable to discuss the practical opportunities to use emerging digital technologies for the streamlining and incentivization of data collection, monitoring, verification, and analysis.

Details

Invitation only.

 

The Climate Group: Action and Reward

 

 

September 24, 2019

New York City, NY

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Dr. Hsu will participate in a panel discussion on how states, regions, cities, and businesses can accrue important investment and innovation benefits from implementing ambitious climate action. 

Details

Invitation only.

 

Sustainable Development Impact Summit: The Big Picture on Urban Fragility

 

 

September 24, 2019

New York City, NY 

Angel Hsu

 

Speaker

Dr Hsu will share insights from Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index (UESI), addressing the themes of urbanization and growing fragility within cities.

Details

Invitation only.

 

Sustainable Development Impact Summit: Leveraging the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the 2030 Agenda

 

September 23, 2019

New York City, NY 

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Dr. Hsu will lead a breakout discussion, focusing on the opportunities and challenges for collaboration in the “tech for good” space.

Details

Invitation only.

 

KDD 2019: Fragile Earth: Theory Guided Data Science to Enhance Scientific Discovery (FEED 2019)

 

August 5, 2019

Anchorage, AK

Angel Hsu

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Hsu will provide the keynote at the Fragile Earth workshop, which will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska, US, as part of the 25th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2019).

Details

Registration required.

World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of New Champions

 

July 1-3, 2019

Dalian, China

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Dr. Hsu will be presenting on 'Cities and Environmental Inequality' in the Global Situation Space as well as speaking on panels at the conference.

Details

Invitation only.

 

ICLEI Resilient Cities Forum

 

June 26, 2019

Bonn, Germany

Diego Manya and Ryan Thomas

Speakers

Diego and Ryan will present an update of the Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index - the first spatially explicit index of how cities around the world perform on environmental and social inclusion goals.

Details

Registration required.

Women's Forum: Call to the G-20

 

June 26, 2019

Kyoto, Japan

Angel Hsu

Speaker

Dr. Hsu will speak at the Youth and Leadership Forum on climate change leadership.

Details

Invitation only.

 

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