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Visiting scholar to discuss climate and poverty on Feb. 3

January 27, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN—Environmental Scholar Diana Liverman will speak at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk.

“Climate and Poverty: Connections and Contradictions” is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.

Liverman, who co-directs the Institute of the Environment at The University of Arizona and is a regents’ professor in the School of Geography and Development, 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. Liverman will also 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 – including policies to reduce emissions and plan adaptation to a warmer climate – can have both negative and positive impacts on poor or otherwise marginalized populations. 

The presentation will also 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 authored 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, as well as international climate and environmental policy.

Liverman will also speak in Missoula on Feb. 5.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. For more information, visit

Contact: Martha Sellers, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, (406) 994-7568,