Visiting Scholar to Discuss Climate and Poverty Feb. 5 at UM

January 28, 2014

MISSOULA – Environmental scholar Diana Liverman will deliver a lecture titled “Climate and Poverty: Connections and Contradictions” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the University Center Theater at the University of Montana. The lecture is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Liverman co-directs the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and is a Regents Professor in the UA School of Geography and Development. In her lecture, she will discuss the connections between poverty and vulnerability to climate extremes. Throughout the world, the poor often suffer most from heat waves, droughts and severe storms.

She also will share information on how poverty’s decline across the world can reduce vulnerability but may also result in increases in greenhouse gas emissions as incomes rise; and how responses to climate change can have both negative and positive impacts on poor and otherwise marginalized populations.

The presentation will include Liverman’s ideas on how we can reduce the risks of climate change through controlling the growth of greenhouse gases while providing energy, jobs and food to the poor, and how adaptation projects can address the needs of low-income populations across the world.

Liverman has co-written or edited seven books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Founders Gold Medal and the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Association of American Geographers for her contributions to understanding the human dimensions of global environmental change. Her research focuses on the human and social dimensions of environmental issues, including vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, environmental change and food security, and international climate and environmental policy.

This lecture is sponsored by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature.

For more information visit, call Montana IoE Program Manager Gay Allison at 406-243-2617 or email




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Contact: Gay Allison, program manager, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, 406-243-2617,