Ecosystem researchers to hold science briefing

September 25, 2008

Washington, DC - On Thursday, September 25, six leading ecosystem researchers invited by the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers (AERC), a member organization of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), will present policymakers in Washington, DC, with key findings on carbon sequestration in different ecosystems.

A growing number of reports show that climate change will impact human health, economic and national security, and agricultural and natural resource management. In response, scientists and policymakers are urgently considering how to regulate carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. Legislation has been introduced to implement cap and trade systems and carbon taxes, and to promote carbon sequestration. Informed policy decisions require that policymakers understand the potential role of ecosystems in mitigating the problems caused by carbon emissions.

The following researchers will speak, with Dr. Thomas Jordan, President of AERC and a scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, moderating:This briefing (9:30 - 10:30) will be held in conjunction with the 2008 AERC annual symposium, which begins at 11:30 AM in the Smithsonian's Ripley Center.
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Members of the news media interested in attending this briefing should contact Megan Kelhart at mkelhart@aibs.org or 202-628-1500 x 230.

American Institute of Biological Sciences

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