The release of the IPCC report on September 27th highlights critical issues to be addressed at the Conference.
Join over 1,200 key individuals from many fields of sciences and engineering, government and policy, business and civil society to advance solutions to climate change.
The conference will be organized around two areas:  The Built Environment; and,  Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Partnering organizations that are organizing sessions which connect to important initiatives to implement solutions include: World Wildlife Fund, Second Nature, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, NORC at the University of Chicago, NOAA, Sigma Space Corp at NASA, The National Academies of Science, Ecodistricts, U.S. Green Building Council, National Institute for Standards and Technology, University of California at Davis, University of California at Berkeley, The Climate Institute, Cornell University, U.S. Forest Service, EcoAmerica, U.S. National Park Service, and the Department of Energy.
The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) considers new evidence of climate change based on many independent scientific...
Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science BasisLast Updated on 2013-11-26 10:31:36Introduction
The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) considers new evidence of climate change based on many independent scientific analyses from observations of the climate system, paleoclimate archives, theoretical studies of climate processes and simulations using climate models. It builds upon the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), and incorporates subsequent new findings of research. As a component of the fifth assessment cycle, the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) is an important basis for information on changing weather and climate extremes.
This Summary for Policymakers (SPM) follows the structure of the Working Group I report. The narrative is supported by a series of overarching highlighted conclusions which, taken... More »
26. Workshop on a Sustained U.S. National Climate AssessmentLast Updated on 2013-11-10 19:15:14
James Buizer, University of Arizona; Kathy Jacobs, University of Arizona; Susanne Moser, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting
This is a working session that is designed to address some of the most challenging components of building a sustained assessment process. As discussed in the earlier Symposium session, The National Climate Assessment: Innovations in Science and Engagement, building the capacity to sustain assessment activities over time is a critical component of the third National Climate Assessment team’s activities. Developing a truly sustainable path forward means ensuring sufficient resources and human capital to support ongoing regional assessment activities. In addition, a critical missing component of the NCA3 activity is an explicit and well-documented approach to documenting the costs and benefits of adaptation activities as... More »
Climate Panel's Fifth Report Clarifies Humanity's ChoicesLast Updated on 2013-10-03 14:01:53Updates below, 10:03 a.m. |
To my eye, perhaps the most important line in the summary of the new report on global warming science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is this:
By the mid-21st century the magnitudes of the projected changes are substantially affected by the choice of emissions scenario.
For decades to come, we’re locked into generally rising temperatures, with shorter-term temperature shifts* — up or down — shaped most by natural variability in the system (as with the recent plateau in temperatures). But humanity, by acting in ways that blunt emissions of greenhouse gases, can significantly affect the rate of warming and other related conditions from mid century onward. That’s a time scale that people can reasonably understand. Energy and environmental policies being considered now can matter not just to great grandchildren, but... More »
UN Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global EmissionsLast Updated on 2013-10-03 14:01:23STOCKHOLM — The world’s top climate scientists on Friday formally embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases for the first time, establishing a target level at which humanity must stop spewing them into the atmosphere or face irreversible and potentially catastrophic climatic changes. They warned that the target is likely to be exceeded in a matter of decades unless steps are taken soon to reduce emissions.
Unveiling the latest United Nations assessment of climate science, the experts cited a litany of changes that are already under way, warned that they are likely to accelerate and expressed virtual certainty that human activity is the main cause.
“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time,” said Thomas F. Stocker, co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations-sponsored group of scientists that produced the... More »
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