When: June 12, 2023 10:30am – 12:00pm ET

Where: Online only

Evidence is mounting of a significant El Niño developing this summer. A weather phenomenon that begins in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, El Niño is known for its far reaching - and sometimes severe - effects across the globe, including record-breaking temperatures, drought, flooding, and increased hurricane activity. In addition to potentially pushing global temperature increases over the 1.5 degree Celsius warming limit agreed to in the Paris Agreement, El Niño is likely to impact agricultural yields, disrupt fisheries, cause significant damage to infrastructure, and affect energy production and distribution. With ocean temperatures already at an all-time high, the effects of the coming El Niño could be particularly devastating for sea ice in the Antarctic region, further compounding its effects around the world.

Join us for a panel discussion with experts to explore the disruptive potential of the coming El Niño and what countries and communities can do to prepare and reduce the potential impacts of this weather phenomenon.


  • Sarah Kapnick, PhD - Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Melaku Yirga - Ethiopia Country Director, Mercy Corp
  • Rodney Martínez Güingla - Representative for North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, World Meteorological Organization


  • Lauren Herzer Risi - Program Director, Environmental Change and Security Program

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