2016 Philomathia Forum on Energy and Environment


Cities and People: Responding to Global Warming

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Location: Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
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Experts predict that by 2050 three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities. This year’s Philomathia Forum assembles leading climatologists and urban planners/designers to explore the state-of-the-art of adaptation and mitigation strategies to the severe impacts of global warming in cities. We need to assess current climate modeling in predicting the impact of global warming on human comfort in cities while taking into account gaps in knowledge, research agenda and policy implications. It is crucial that we identify best planning/design strategies of mitigation and adaptation in different climates and city types to better combat the threats to human health of global warming in cities, especially if there are critical tipping points in temperature and duration.


  • Climate Change and Global Warming
    Harrison Fraker, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, UC Berkeley 
  • Risks – Health, Infrastructure, Economics, Negative Feedbacks
    Stefano Bertozzi, Dean, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
  • Mitigation – “Moonshot Strategies”
    Isha Ray, Professor of Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley
  • Adaptation/Resilience – “Moonshot Strategies”
    Edward Ng, Professor of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong

View the full program here.