US climate change summit, March 30-31

February 12, 2009

At the request of Congress, a two-day summit on "America's Climate Choices" will be held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., on March 30 and 31. Top climate change experts will meet with members of Congress and the Obama administration, as well as with business leaders and representatives of nongovernmental organizations, to set the stage for national action on climate change.

To that end, they will focus on how to limit the magnitude of climate change and adapt to its impact. They will also consider what can be done to advance climate change science in order to increase our understanding of how human actions and nature interact to drive climate change; improve systems for modeling and observing climate change; and enhance the accuracy of warnings for regions that may be most vulnerable. Ensuring that climate change policy is informed by evidence-based advice will also be among the topics to be discussed.

Organizers of the summit hope that it will kick-start an open dialogue among important voices on climate change as the country and world grapple with what to do next. Presentations at the summit also will inform a series of reports from the National Research Council. More than 90 experts have volunteered to serve on four study panels, and the project will culminate with an overarching committee report on how the U.S. could most effectively respond to climate change.
More information on the summit and reports can be found at The summit will be held in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2100 C St., N.W. A live video webcast will be available at To attend, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council are collectively known as the National Academies. They are nonprofit, private institutions that operate under a congressional charter to provide advice on science, technology, and health policy.

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