March 2009 Summit

Earth’s climate is changing. How will we respond?

Summit on America’s Climate Choices
March 30-31, 2009
The National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

View the archived Summit webcast here and listen to podcasts.

View the news release and photos from the Summit.

Concerns over the impacts of climate change have prompted calls for action from all levels of governments and across the many sectors of the economy and society. But which actions are most effective, both in the short-term and the long-term? What are the major practical and technological hurdles? What information do people need to respond effectively?

In response to a request from Congress, the National Academies have initiated a suite of studies called America’s Climate Choices designed to inform and guide the nation’s response to climate change. More than 90 experts from government, academia, and the private sector have been selected to serve on the steering committee and four focused panels. These volunteer experts will produce a series of consensus reports, to be released in late 2009 and 2010, that will provide policy advice and practical guidance for taking action in response to climate change.

The Summit on America’s Climate Choices:

  • Began a process of open dialog among key stakeholders and decision makers, including Congress, administration and federal officials, business leaders, state and local leaders, nongovernmental organizations, and other important voices.
  • Outlined the key questions that need to be answered to move ahead.
  • Helped inform and frame the context of the America’s Climate Choices studies.
  • Set the stage for national action on climate change.

Speakers included: Ralph Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences; the Honorable Alan Mollohan (D-WV); James J. Mulva, Conoco Phillips; Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund; the Honorable Eileen Claussen, Pew Center on Global Climate Change; Howard Frumkin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Carter Roberts, World Wildlife Fund; Susan Solomon, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; James Woolsey, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Henry Jacoby, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Jerry Melillo, Marine Biological Laboratory; Steven Schneider, Stanford University; Robert Socolow, Princeton Environmental Institute; Albert Carnesale, University of California, Los Angeles; and others.

NOTE. Due to copyright restrictions, the National Academies will not be able to post speakers’ PowerPoint presentations on the America’s Climate Choices website. Requests to view presentations may be made to the Public Access Records Office.


Summit on America’s Climate Choices Webcast

These files are best viewed using Windows Media Player. Apple users may view them using QuickTime by downloading the Flip4Mac plugin. Archived sessions from Monday, March 30: Welcome and Goals (Carnesale, Cicerone) Session 1 (Mollohan, Lubchenco) Session 2 (Socolow, Mulva) Session 3 (Gordon) Session 4 (Solomon, Schneider, Jacoby, Krupp, Holliday) Session 5 (Fri, Jacobs, Matson, …

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Agenda: Summit on America’s Climate Choices

Download the Summit on America’s Climate Choices Agenda (PDF) March 30 — March 31, 2009 The National Academy of Sciences Building PROGRAM — REVISED MARCH 24 March 30, 2009 8:30 AM: WELCOME AND GOALS Albert Carnesale, Chancellor Emeritus, UCLA and Chair, Committee on America’s Climate Choices Ralph Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences 9:15 AM: …

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Podcasts from the Summit on America’s Climate Choices

All podcasts courtesy of EarthSky. Ralph Cicerone: NAS studies to determine climate choices Albert Carnesale: Climate response could create growth James Woolsey: Plug-in hybrids for U.S. security, climate Robert Socolow: Live well, transform energy to help climate Stephen Schneider: Avoidable and unavoidable climate impacts Jerry Melillo: Documenting climate impacts in U.S. Lorents Lorentsen: Who will …

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