The National Climate Assessment Recommendations and Implications

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The National Climate Assessment Recommendations and Implications
May 9, 2014
11:30 to 1:00 PM EST

Listen to the Authors of the National Climate Assessment in today’s webinar.

The National Climate Assessment (NCA), released by the White House on May 6, 2014, stresses that erratic weather is already changing life on Earth and will become more disruptive over time. However, the 800-plus page report with over 200 scientific contributors, concludes that there is still time to avoid the worst impacts.

The report is a wake up call in the United States to get on track with stalled efforts to curb emissions of climate warming gases. The alternative – rampant wildfires, heat waves and drought, record breaking flooding, sea level rise and impacts that disrupt and threaten every aspect of society.

I invite you to watch this free recording of the May 9th webinar to learn firsthand from the leaders of the NCA.

The panel includes

  • Kathy Jacobs: Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona. Formerly, Director of the National Climate Assessment, and Assistant Director for Climate Assessments and Adaptation, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
  • Emily Cloyd: Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator for the National Climate Assessment, USGCRP.
  • Jim Buizer: Director, Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment; Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona. Member, Executive Committee, National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee
  • Anne Waple: Director of Resilience Initiatives at Second Nature, Inc. Formerly, Program Specialist for the Global Change Information System, USGCRP

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released the report of the third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA). The NCA is a climate status report authorized every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. It is based on the best available science and written by hundreds of scientists and experts from academia, government, the private, and non-profit sectors.

The USGCRP released the draft report for public comment nearly in 2013. The Security and Sustainability Forum hosted a series on the draft NCA findings for free at SSF. The recordings are posted under the Archive tab on the website.

In partnership with Second Nature, the National Council on Science and the Environment and Adaptation International, SSF reconvened the leaders of the assessment to discuss new insights and implications from the final report.