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Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change

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Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change

Demand for information to support climate-related decisions has grown as people, organizations, and governments have moved ahead with plans and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Today, however, the nation lacks comprehensive, robust, and credible information systems to inform climate choices and evaluate their effectiveness. This report examines information needs and calls for the federal government to build upon its existing efforts and those of state and local government, the private sector and citizens by establishing clear federal leadership, responsibility, and coordination for climate related decisions, climate risk management, information systems, and services.

In order to meet national needs for state-of-the-art information on climate change, its impacts, and response options, a coordinated system of climate services is needed; such a system would require the involvement of multiple agencies and regional expertise, with very clear leadership at the highest level of government. A federally supported and credible system for greenhouse gas monitoring, reporting, verification, and management from multiple sources and at multiple scales is also a priority. The majority of Americans are concerned about climate change and are willing to respond, but would like more information. Therefore, the report also recommends the creation of a national task force on climate communication and education.

Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change, Report in Brief

The members of the Panel on Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change are:

Dr. Diana M. Liverman (Co-chair), University of Oxford
Dr. Peter H. Raven (Co-chair), Missouri Botanical Garden
Mr. Daniel Barstow, Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Dr. Rosina M. Bierbaum, University of Michigan
Dr. Daniel W. Bromley, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University
Dr. Robert J. Lempert, The RAND Corporation
Mr. Jim Lopez*, King County
Dr. Edward L. Miles, University of Washington
Dr. Berrien Moore, III, Climate Central
Dr. Mark D. Newton, Dell, Inc.
Dr. Venkatachalam Ramaswamy, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Dr. Richard Richels, Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Mr. Douglas P. Scott, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Kathleen J. Tierney, University of Colorado at Boulder
Mr. Chris Walker, The Climate Group
Ms. Shari T. Wilson, Maryland Department of the Environment

* Resigned to take policy-making position in the government