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Bard Center for Environmental Policy Presents

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
National Climate Seminar: Climate and War: The Case of Syria
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Dr. Colin Kelley, Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University’s International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society 

On April 5th, tune in with Dr. Colin Kelley, Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University’s International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society and a Senior Research Fellow with The Center for Climate and Security in Washington, DC. 

Dr. Kelley will discuss his research on how Syria's changing climate interacted with its politics, economy, and culture to influence the food and water insecurity that are helping to fuel the current conflict ravaging the nation.

"What's happening globally—and particularly in the Middle East—is that groundwater is going down at an alarming rate. It's almost as if we're driving as fast as we can toward a cliff.” -- Colin Kelley, Scientific American

Kelley has published research on the relationship between climate change and drought in Syria and the broader Levant, and is a regular commentator on this subject. He received his PhD from Columbia and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara.  His research focuses primarily on climate variability and change, the climate-water-food security nexus and the relationship between climate and vulnerability in arid and semi-arid regions. 


Bard Center for Environmental Policy hosts the National Climate Seminar, a webinar series, at 12pm EST. This year the series focuses on The Politics & Environment Education Project featuring academic and NGO experts from across the country who will lead a non-partisan discussion on the shift in U.S. environmental dialog from bi-partisan consensus to partisan gridlock.  Listeners can watch live or listen to past podcasts here. Past speakers have included thought leaders from, Sierra Club, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and many more. 
The  Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability  offer masters programs in  Environmental Policy,  Climate Science and  Policy, and Sustainable Business.  The Bard Center for Environmental Policy's career-focused, science based, interdisciplinary masters of science programs are located in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.  The rigorous first year coursework, followed by a required 4-6 month immersive internship, culminates with a Master’s Capstone Project and a 93% job placement rate within 6 months of graduation. Graduates are currently pursuing careers in many fields such as: alternative energy, international Development, advocacy/lobbying, conservation, research, and strategic consulting. For more information: 

Webinar link:
Code: 106297431

Poster available for download below.

Download: NCS_Spring2017.pdf

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Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm