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UW-Madison faculty, state business leaders to attend UN conference

UW-Madison faculty members and state business leaders will extend their environmental research internationally Thursday at the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties.

Government leaders from around the world will convene in Paris to ratify a new universal agreement in climate change, aiming to reduce carbon emissions, according to a university release.

The Wisconsin panelists will speak from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from global health to law. The UW-Madison community can join the conversation Thursday through a live web stream held at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

Panelists will update the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the current international treaty that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the release.

“The political will to address the global climate crisis is as high as ever,” said Jonathan Patz, UW-Madison professor of population health sciences in the release. “If you get outside U.S. politics, there are very few countries where the science is debated. The rest of the world is onboard with working toward solutions.”

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