The United Nations recently released a major climate change report featuring contributions from several Stanford Woods Institute fellows. The assessment, by Working Group II of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, details a consensus view on the current state and fate of the world's climate (read about the report’s findingsread a behind-the-scenes look at how the report was developed).

Learn more about the IPCC report’s findings, climate change and a range of related issues at these events on Stanford’s campus (most are free and open to the public):

April 13-18
Climate Week

Stanford students in the Graduate School of Business (GSB) are planning a week of events aimed at understanding climate risks and opportunities for business and to give GSB students a chance to take action. Among the events:

  • April 14 – Panel discussion on technology innovation and climate change with Stefan Heck, former Director of McKinsey's Global Cleantech Practice, and Cathy Zoi, former Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • April 15 – Talk by former Secretary of State George Shultz on climate change

  • April 17 – “Risky Business: What Do Leaders Need to Know About the Economic Risks of Climate Change?” Panel discussion with Stanford faculty and staff hosted by the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

April 14
Energy Seminar with Gro Brundtland

Gro Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway, will address students in a panel discussion touching on her work as a Special Envoy on Climate Change for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Brundtland was a member of the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability that aimed to create a new blueprint for achieving low-carbon prosperity in the 21st century.

April 17
"Law of the River: The Future of Interstate Compacts and Transboundary River Management in the American West"

Experts with extensive experience in interstate river disputes will provide perspectives on the changing realities, including ecological concerns and climate change, that affect interstate compacts in the management of rivers and water in the west.

April 18
Connecting the Dots: The Climate, Energy, Food and Water Nexus

Stanford experts from a range of disciplines will discuss the interconnections and interactions among humanity’s need for and use of climate, energy, food, water and environmental resources. This event will feature key authors of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change. RSVP required. Priority will be given to Stanford community.

April 18
Tour the Stanford Solar Decathlon Start.Home at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

Learn more about efforts to promote climate-friendly renewable energy during a tour of Stanford’s student-designed, student-built entry into the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The home features net-zero energy use, sustainably sourced materials and passive heating and cooling.  RSVP required.

April 22
"The Private Sector as Public Servant"

Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Initiatives at Apple and former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give the second annual Stephen H. Schneider Memorial Lecture, in honor of the Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow and world-renowned climate scientist who died in 2010. Jackson will discuss her journey from the public sector to Silicon Valley and what happens when one of the world’s most innovative companies takes on climate change.