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Journalist forum focuses on climate change, cities

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Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a Cambridge, Mass.-based research foundation, recently brought together 45 print, radio, and television journalists from across the country to discuss the emerging connection between climate change and cities.

At the opening session, Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute, Nieman Foundation curator Bob Giles, and Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design Jerold Kayden, co-chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at GSD, welcomed conference participants and attendees.

During the two-day forum (April 11-12), the journalists heard from experts on how cities are working toward mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and beginning to adapt development patterns to account for changes in weather. The journalists also discussed the opportunities and challenges of covering this topic given its multiple roots in a variety of fields and disciplines.