Climate Change and the News: Climate Policy and Economics

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April 23, 2014
Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

Metcalf Institute, in partnership with The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, invited political and business reporters to attend a Climate Change Seminar for Journalists: Climate Policy and Economics, offered free of charge to registered journalists. The seminar focused on climate change issues driving economic, political, and policy decisions among lawmakers and stakeholders in the Chesapeake Bay region, Washington, D.C., and around the globe.

Registrants were encouraged to stay for a final, public panel discussion to conclude the seminar.

Seminar topics included:

  • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. — Introduction to Climate Change Science & Policy
    A summary of the state of climate change science, underscoring global and regional observations, predictions, and social and economic impacts from the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, as well as an overview of domestic policy and politics related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Challenges to the Status Quo
    Climate change represents an unprecedented disturbance to natural systems and society. Speakers representing a wide range of expertise discussed these challenges, including effects on water resources, food systems, infrastructure, and international security.
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  — Increasing Resilience to Climate Change
    Public panel – In the face of the many challenges posed by climate change, panelists will discuss efforts to increase resilience for both natural and human systems. This panel was part of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s “Managing the Planet” series, co-sponsored by George Mason University.

About the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Environmental Change and Security Program
The Woodrow Wilson Center is “a living memorial” to our nation’s 28th president, gathering some of the best and brightest scholars and experts from around the world to inform the nation’s public policy debates with nonpartisan, non-advocacy research and information. For 20 years, the Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has explored the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. ECSP attracts international experts to our dynamic events and webcasts, and shares new research and analysis through our award-winning ECSP Report, New Security Beat blog, and documentary films.

The Climate Change Seminar for Journalists: Climate Policy and Economics was supported by The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment,  Town Creek Foundation, and The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment with in-kind support from The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program.

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