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The recent release of the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report reaffirms with even greater certainty that climate change is occurring and poses significant challenges to humanity. The draft United States National Climate Assessment states that the impacts of climate change have "moved firmly into the present."

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: [1] The Built Environment; and, [2] 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.


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Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator

Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University

Rachel Kyte, The World Bank

Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator

Jack Sinclair, Executive VP, Grocery Division, Walmart
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