The Security and Sustainability Forum’s Begins a Webinar Series Addressing the National Climate Assessment

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The Security and Sustainability Forum’s free February 20th webinar explores the findings of the National Climate Assessment and addresses public questions regarding the draft report.

With regard to adaptation, the pace and magnitude of observed and projected changes emphasize the need for being prepared for a wide variety and intensity of climate impacts.

The Security and Sustainability Forum announces the next session, “National Climate Assessment Findings,” co-produced with Second Nature, in partnership with the National Council for Science and the Environment, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability USA, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Sustainable Cities International, America’s Waterways, and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. This first session in the National Climate Assessment (NCA) series will take place February 20th, 12:00-1:30pm EST.    

In January, the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released the draft of the NCA, a climate status report based on the best available science, assembled out of a collaborative effort from hundreds of academic, government, non-profit, and private sector experts. The USGCRP will accept public comments on the draft until April 12 before revising and publishing the final report.

The NCA strives to connect the effects of climate change across sectors and regions in a systems approach. Latter chapters call for overall strengthening of national greenhouse gas mitigation, provide support to encourage collaborative decision making processes, and encourage locally appropriate adaptation approaches. Join us throughout the series to explore the findings, implications, suggestions, and revisions of the NCA. On Wednesday, we begin by discussing the findings:

  • David Hales, President of Second Nature, part of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC), established to oversee the development of the report, will moderate.
  • Kathy Jacobs, NCA Director and Assistant Director for Climate Assessments and Adaptation at the Office of Science & Technology Policy, will explain the significance of the NCA and the report process.
  • Terese Richmond, NCADAC Vice Chair and environmental and resource management lawyer will outline the report's findings.
  • Jim Buizer, NCADAC member and Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Institute for the Environment, University of Arizona, will give an introduction to the proposed Sustained Assessment.

On March 14, 2013, 1:15 to 2:45 PM EST, the follow-up discussion between 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.

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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