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At a popular event at the Museum of Tomorrow, in Rio de Janeiro, on March 14, Columbia Global Centers launched the Climate Hub Rio, a regional center dedicated to educational initiatives and Brazilian research in the area of climate and environment.
The choice of Rio to host Columbia's first Climate Hub is emblematic, as the megalopolis is coastal, with a particular geography and disorderly land occupation, which makes it more vulnerable to extreme events caused by climate change.
The Climate Hub will be an entity within the Columbia Global Center Rio acting as a dedicated regional center for Brazilian educational and research initiatives in the area of climate and environment. The hub is a partnership between Rio City Hall.
“The spirit of collaboration is what brings Columbia University to Rio and Brazil. We have a lot to offer in the search for solutions to climate change. And we need to better understand the climate crisis in its regional and global dimensions. Combating climate change is a mission for the entire university”, said the director of the Columbia Global Center Rio, Thomas Trebat.
In addition to Rio having all these characteristics, the city has an environmental vocation given its immense forest cover and having hosted one of the most important Climate Conferences, Rio 92, which established the guidelines on climate negotiations that last until today. In addition, there is also the Brazilian environmental vocation with all its biodiversity and with the candidacy to host the COP30, in 2025, in the city of Belém (PA).
The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, celebrated the choice of the city to host the Climate Hub.
“The city of Rio is a laboratory of environmental sustainability, with different biomes within a megalopolis. We need to lay the foundations for a low-carbon economy in Rio de Janeiro”, he pointed out.
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