A Discussion on Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:00 to 11:30

The National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society will discuss the release of "Climate Change: Evidence & Causes," a new publication produced jointly by the two institutions.

Written by a U.K./U.S. team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative information on the some of the questions that continue to be asked. The publication makes clear what is well-established and where understanding is still developing. It echoes and builds upon the long history of climate-related work from both national academies, as well as on the newest climate-change assessment from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It touches on current areas of active debate and ongoing research, such as the link between ocean heat content and the rate of warming.

Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and Professor Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, will give brief introductions. Host Miles O’Brien from the PBS Newshour will guide the discussion with authors Dr. Eric Wolff of the University of Cambridge (U.K. lead), Dr. Inez Fung of the University of California, Berkeley (U.S. lead), Sir Brian Hoskins of Imperial College London and the University of Reading, and Dr. Benjamin Santer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Although registration to attend the event in-person is sold out, a webcast will be available at The National Academy of Sciences website. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. EST. The archive of the webcast will be available for viewing soon after the event.

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