Californians are overwhelmingly interested in climate change and how it will affect their state as evidenced by the SOLD OUT crowd of more than 600 registered participants at the “California Climate Change Symposium 2015: Using Climate Science to Plan for a Resilient Future,” August 24-25 at the Sacramento Convention Center. At the two-day symposium, co-hosted by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate scientists and policy-makers will share cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change.
Due to tremendous public demand for tickets to listen to presentations by the state’s leading climate scientists, the Symposium’s organizers have agreed to webcast the event live. Online viewers will be able to watch all of the plenary sessions, keynote speeches, and panel discussions for free.
A few highlights:
- High-level opening plenary with representatives from the office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., IPCC, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
- Keynote presentation by Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly, lead authors of “Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems,” which was produced at the request of Governor Brown.
- Panel on “Water Resources in California: Drought, Extreme Events, and Management Options,” involving discussion of the role of climate change in drought and flood.
- Keynote presentation by Susanne Moser on “Translating Climate Change Science into Effective Action.” Dr. Moser contributed to Working Group II of the IPCC’s Fourth and
- Fifth Assessment Reports and served as Review Editor on the IPCC’s Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.”
- Plenary panel moderated by California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird involving state legislators as well as CalPERS officials on “Forging and Facilitating Adaptation Policy in California.”
- Plenary panel moderated by California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriquez involving international governmental representatives as well as IPCC scientists in a “Conversation about International Adaptation Activities and Potential Opportunities for Coordination/Collaboration.”
Additionally, the IPCC will give a media workshop for members of the press at 8 a.m. on August 24 to discuss its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Released between September 2013 and November 2014, AR5 will provide a roadmap for negotiators when they gather in Paris this coming December to hammer out a global agreement to curb climate change. Its findings also inform local and regional climate initiatives, including those in California.
The complete program can be found on the California Climate Change Symposium website: http://www.californiascience.org. Information to join the live webcast will be available on the event’s website by 7:30 a.m. PDT on August 24.
Media attendees should RSVP to email@example.com
Climate Resolve is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to creating real, practical solutions to meet the climate challenge while creating a better city for Angelenos today and in the future. Climate Resolve is convening the California Climate Change Symposium 2015 on behalf of the event’s co-hosts.