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Dr. McElwee in the news for IPCC work


Dr. McElwee (center) speaking at plenary panel for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land in Geneva, August 8, 2019

Dr. Pam McElwee spoke at the plenary panel on Climate Change and Land at the IPCC meeting in Geneva and later spoke with The New York Times about the challenges of land management in a changing environment. Dr. McElwee is an Associate Professor of Human Ecology and on the graduate faculty in the Department of Geography is a co-author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Climate Change and Land. The report addresses the challenges of improving land management to maintain food security in the face of the negative impacts of climate change on vegetation, while also highlighting the limits to the contribution of land in addressing climate change. As McElwee told The New York Times for its August 8, 2019 story "Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns": 

“We cannot plant trees to get ourselves out of the problem that we’re in,” Dr. McElwee said. “The trade-offs that would keep us below 1.5 degrees, we’re not talking about them. We’re not ready to confront them yet.” 


For a summary of the issues discussed in the Special Report on Climate Change and Land, see the IPCC press release .