Climate Change and the News: Climate Policy and Economics
April 23, 2014
Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue
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9:00 – 10:00 Welcome and Overview
Meaghan Parker, The Wilson Center; Sunshine Menezes, URI Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting
9:15 – 10:15 Introduction to Climate Change Science & Policy Concerns
Phil Duffy, US Global Change Research Program; Coral Davenport, The New York Times
Speakers will provide concise summary of the major conclusions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Groups I, II, and III, and a summary of where we stand with domestic policy and politics on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
10:15 – 10:3o Break
10:30 – 12:00 Challenges to the Status Quo, Part I
Marc Levy, Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network; Margaret Walsh, USDA Climate Change Program Office; Ian Noble, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index
The observed and predicted effects of climate change represent an unprecedented level of disturbance to natural systems and human activities. Speakers will discuss implications for water resources, food systems, and economic decision-making.
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 2:15 Challenges to the Status Quo, Part II
Ben Strauss, Climate Central; Shana Jones, College of William & Mary Law School; Joanne Potter, ICF International
Building on the previous discussions, panelists will describe efforts to predict and adapt to the threats of climate change to infrastructure–particularly in coastal communities–including those to transportation, electrical transmission and military installations.
2:15 – 2:45 Open Discussion
Unscheduled time for participating journalists to ask questions of speakers and discuss topics addressed during the day’s panels.
3:00 – 5:00 Public Panel: Increasing Resilience to Climate Change
Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; Cathleen Kelly, Center for American Progress; Roger-Mark DeSouza, The Wilson Center
Meeting the climate challenge requires increasing the resilience of both natural and human systems to absorb shocks and adjust to changing realities. This panel of experts will discuss state, national, and international efforts to improve our ability to prepare for–and bounce back from–climate-related disruptions. This discussion is part of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s “Managing the Planet” series, co-sponsored by George Mason University, and is the concluding session of Climate Change and the News: Climate Policy and Economics.
Funding for this seminar was provided by: