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Climate Ready Cities: Taking Action to Mitigate Climate Change and Adapt in Urban Areas

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Building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States are organizing FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS), a public conference series across seven cities in the US and in Canada involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs.

Key speakers from both the US and France will be discussing the role of urban centers in regard to climate change policies: from the changing risks they have to face to the new opportunities they can benefit from.

In partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) for Climate Action and Sustainability, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles will organize a conference to discuss the challenges climate change represents for cities around the world. 

Speakers Include:

- Corinne Lepage: Former French minister of the environment, founder and president of Cap21 (green party), France.

- Valérie Masson-Delmotte: Paleo climatologist at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France.

- Daniel Zimmer: Director of Innovation at “Knowledge Innovation Community- Climate”, European Institute of Technology, France.

- Alex Hall: Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, United States.

- Mary Nichols: Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, United States.

- Pam O'Connor: Mayor, City of Santa Monica, United States.

- Moderator Matt Kaplan: Producer and host of Planetary Radio, United States.