February 3, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
If you are in the greater DC area, you’ll want to attend this event Wednesday with two leading climate scientists, Christopher Field and Michael MacCracken. I’ll moderate, and you get a light lunch. For everyone else, it will be webcast here.
The event will cover the latest in climate science. The two speakers have unique experience with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is so much in the news these days!
The Science of Climate Change
February 3, 2010, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
About This Event
An overwhelming quantity of direct observations and analyses published by scientists in various disciplines around the world demonstrates that human activity has warmed the planet and altered the climate. The severity of the projected impacts of continuing on our current greenhouse gas emissions path has only increased in recent years.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an educational event featuring two respected scientists who have both helped author reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Michael MacCracken and Dr. Christopher Field will explain the IPCC’s assessment process, how we know what we know about human-caused climate change, what we have learned since the 2007 IPCC report, and why the science must inform public policy in the United States.
Christopher Field, Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, and Professor of Biology and Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University, and a coordinating lead author for the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment. In September 2008, he was elected co-chair of working group 2 of the IPCC, and will lead the next assessment on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.
Michael MacCracken, Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute. From 1993-2002, Dr. MacCracken served as senior global change scientist to the interagency Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, also serving as its first executive director from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he served as executive director of the USGCRP’s National Assessment Coordination Office. During this period, he also coordinated the official U.S. government reviews of several of the assessment reports prepared by the IPCC, and he was a co-author/contributing author for various chapters in the IPCC assessment reports.
Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.