National Academy to release 3 major climate studies

Webcast Wednesday, 10 am EDT

At a public briefing to discuss the reports, Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver opening remarks, and members of the panels that wrote the reports will discuss their recommendations and take questions. The briefing starts at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 19, in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building at 2100 C Street, NW, Washington, DC. Those unable to attend the event can watch the live webcast at The National Academies website.

The National Academy is releasing reports tomorrow from three panels on “America’s Climate Choices“:

  1. Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change.  This panel will address the question: “What can be done to better understand climate change and its interactions with human and ecological systems?”
  2. Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change
  3. Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

NAS panels tend to be quite conservative in their articulation of the science, but the reports are timely so it will be interesting to see just how much or how little coverage they get from the media.


11 Responses to National Academy to release 3 major climate studies

  1. Bill W says:

    Did the “America’s Energy Choices” verbiage come from a press release?

    [JR: Just a mistake by me. Sorry for the confusion.]

  2. Jeff Huggins says:

    Someone Please …

    Someone (at CAP?), please make sure that key folks at the API know about this, and ideally suggest that they attend, as well as key folks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Edison Electric Institute, and News Corp’s Washington office. In my view, it’s vitally important to make sure that these folks can’t just say “I didn’t hear that” or “I’m too busy” or “that’s not important”. The API, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Edison Electric Institute are all headquartered within easy walking distance of this meeting, and News Corp’s office is also within easy walking distance.

    Extend personal invitations, to relevant folks, by name.

    I’d have someone make phone calls, send e-mails, and so forth to these folks. Perhaps the NAS will provide special seating — to allow easy hearing for those who seem to be hard of hearing on these matters — to the API, the COC, the EEI, and NewsCorp. Hopefully so. Or at least offer good chocolates.

    Be Well,


  3. mike roddy says:

    The second NAS panel is not at all up to the task. Members are mostly lawyers, bureacrats, and scientists from fields other than climate science.

    You cannot separate solutions from hard climate science. Besides the urgency that only climate scientists are fully aware of, the practical details are intimately connected to the atmospheric and land use observations.

  4. MarkB says:


    Mike Roddy,

    Wotsupwiththat brought this to my attention…

    “In the comments Anthony assaults a commenter with “shut your pie hole…“

    How dare you criticize a silly post by the naked emperor!

  5. paulm says:

    Does this mean we will be going on a war footing before the end of the month is up?

    I hope so, were running out of time.

  6. Dean says:

    I wonder if free or cheap pdfs will be available. I’m on the NAS email list, and these books are $44.95 each.

    Also, conservatives find it easy to criticize anything even remotely connected with the UN. Let’s see how they respond here. I think the cautious nature of NAS reports is less important than making the case that there is Global Warming and it’s primary cause is anthropogenic.

  7. mike roddy says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Mark B, I haven’t been back there to read Anthony’s response. For the benefit of CP readers, WUWT ran another weather station project post on May 13th, this time over the Svalbard Airport. My WUWT comment, which triggered Anthony’s pie hole remark, was

    “You really need to give up this weather station stuff. Remember what happened last time? Do you want more of that kind of punishment?”.

    I can’t really blame him. I’d crack up too if I had volunteers all over the country monitoring 250 weather stations to try to claim distortion, only to have others discover unequivocally that my life’s work was all wrong.

  8. Bill Henderson says:

    A National Academy of Sciences expert panel will deliver a report on “Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations” this summer.

    “The stabilization of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and the avoidance of serious or irreversible impacts on the earth’s climate system are a matter of critical concern in both scientific and policy arenas. Using the most current science available, this study will evaluate the implications of different atmospheric concentration target levels and explain the uncertainties inherent in the analyses to assist policy makers as they make decisions about stabilization target levels for atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.”

    This observer far out in the boonies expects that the NAS authors will be careful in Climategate times but will fill this report with science that can’t be ignored. For example, I expect that the report will offer evidence that the present 3-5C rise of temperature in the Arctic is almost certainly more dangerous to the American people than the effects of a future 10F on American crops, water and forests.

  9. alexy says:

    Another new study indicates the situation in Greenland is bad.

  10. richard pauli says:

    This will most likely be an important announcement.

    More important will be how it is received and processed by news redistribution and filtering media. I will be looking at the how it will be relayed, and how the message is responded to.

  11. Wit's End says:

    Watching now…kid gloves are off!! Direct links made to impacts like heavy precipitation and floods…yay!