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CUPID Conference

CUPID (Columbia University Partnership for International Development) is pleased to announce its annual conference, this year entitled: "Beyond Polar Bears: Looking Past the Environmental Impacts of Climate Change".

The focus is on the effects of climate change not often highlighted in the media and not often contemplated by the public, including effects on food security, public health, markets and business, and policy options. The conference will be held on Friday, February 15th.

It will feature two panels, a debate, and a keynote address by Professor Geoffrey Heal of Columbia Business School, each followed by an interactive discussion with the audience.

Confirmed participants include speakers from Ecosecurities, USAID, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Tufts University, Earth Institute and others.

12:00 - 12:15 - Welcome and Opening remarks from CUPID
12:20 - 1:20 - Keynote Speaker: Prof. Geoffrey Heal
1:20 - 1:40 - Coffee break
1:40 - 2:50 - Panel: Impact on Business and Markets
2:50 - 3:10 - Coffee break
3:10 - 4:20 - Panel: Health and Human Security
4:20 - 4:40 - Coffee break
4:40 - 5:50 - Debate: Where do we go from here?
6:00 - 8:00 - Wine and cheese reception

Attendees are free to come and go as they please throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public.

Register now at
Speaker bios also available online

NOTE: Please note that the Earth Institute is not a sponsor of this event. The posting of events by the Earth Institute does not constitute an endorsement of the event.