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Climate Change: State of Science & Adapting to the Inevitable

Climate Change: State of Science & Adapting to the Inevitable

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The New York Academy of Sciences

Climate change-related issues continue to become more significant and gain visibility. This full day meeting will address the critical importance of understanding the current state of science and emerging opportunities for mitigation and adaptation to the growing phenomenon. Attend this event to hear experts from industrial, government, and academic institutions on the current and future economical and environmental impact of climate change.


9:30 AM - Registration

9:45 AM - Introduction

Session 1: State of Science, Facts and Projections

  • 10:00 AM - The Rapidly Changing Climate System: Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University
  • 10:30 AM - Effects on the Oceans: Paul Falkowski, Rutgers University
  • 11:00 AM - Effects on Terrestrial Environment: William Schlesinger, IES
  • 11:30 AM - Break
  • 11:45 AM - The Human Dimension: William Solecki, Hunter College, CUNY
  • 12:15 PM - Sea Level Rise Impacts: Stephen Leatherman, Florida International University
  • 12:45 PM - Panel Discussion: What Does the Future Climate Have in Store for the New York Region?

1:15 PM - Lunch

Session 2: Adapting to the Inevitable

  • 2:00 PM - Time Is Running Out: A Worried View of the Future: George Hendrey, Queens/ CUNY
  • 2:30 PM - Transportation with Rising Energy Costs: Robert Paaswell, CCNY
  • 3:00 PM - Large Opportunities in the Building Sector: Michael Bobker, CCNY
  • 3:30 PM - Break
  • 3:45 PM - The Green Bubble as Business Opportunity: Robert Bell, Brooklyn College, CUNY
  • 4:15 PM - Controlling Emissions with a Carbon Tax: Charles Komanoff, Carbon Tax Center
  • 4:45 PM - Panel Discussion: Does the New York Region Have the Time Needed and the Financial Means to Adapt to Climate Change?

5:30 PM - Reception

This highly interdisciplinary group brings together scientists and engineers with key stakeholders and policy makers from academia, business, and government who are interested in understanding the broad range of scientific methods and disciplines that underlie key environmental challenges. This year's focus will be on issues related to global warming with an emphasis on energy sources, energy storage, and carbon management.