The Security and Sustainability Forum and Second Nature Announce an Upcoming Webinar Series around the National Climate Assessment

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The Security and Sustainability Forum and Second Nature will host a National Climate Assessment webinar series to feature the findings of the report and discuss priorities for addressing challenges posed by extreme weather events and other social and economic disruptions resulting from a changing climate.

Natural ecosystems that sustain us will be challenged by changing conditions. Using scientific information to prepare for these changes in advance provides economic opportunities, and proactively managing the risks will reduce costs over time.

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released the draft National Climate Assessment (NCA) for public review on January 11. The NCA is a climate status report authorized every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The Assessment is based on the best available science and written by hundreds of leading scientists and experts from academia, government, and the private and non-profit sectors. After review by the National Academies of Science and the public, the report will be revised and submitted to the Federal Government in early 2014. Public comments must be submitted through the review and comment system.    

The Security and Sustainability Forum and Second Nature will host a webinar series around the NCA, featuring the report findings and discussing policy priorities for addressing the upcoming challenges:

Session 1: Findings from the National Climate Assessment
February 20, 2013
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Panelists will include members of the National Climate Assessment Development & Advisory Committee (NCADAC), which is responsible for synthesizing and summarizing the contributions of experts to the report. The panel will discuss the findings from the report and answer audience questions.

Session 2: Implications of the National Climate Assessment
March 14, 2013
1:15 to 2:45 PM EST

NCA lead authors and sustainability leaders from local government, higher education, and industry will identify and discuss priorities for addressing destabilizing threats posed by a changing climate.

Session 3: The Long-Term Vision: Developing a "Sustained Climate Assessment"
April /May 2013

Focusing on the long-term vision in Chapter 30, this webinar will look at how the assessment could be transitioned from a periodic review of climate change to an "ongoing process of working to understand and evaluate the nation's vulnerabilities to climate variability and change and its capacity to respond.”

Session 4: Updates to the NCA Draft Report
September 2013

After the public comments have been considered, this session will cover the revisions made and reiterate the major points of the final report.

About the Security and Sustainability Forum

SSF is a public interest, membership organization that hosts free, live educational webinars. Sessions feature panels of global experts who address human health and welfare impacts caused by climate change and other environmental disruptions. The webinars outline how sustainable approaches to minimize environmental stresses can reduce instability and conflicts, thereby improving the physical and economic security of humankind. Our programs seek to not only educate our audience about sustainability and how it fits into their areas of interest and work, but also spark new ideas about resilient approaches and solutions.

Access to SSF's webinar archive is offered through a free membership program.

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