This session will explore one of the four panel reports in detail: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change. The Adapting panel report calls for action at all levels of government, NGOs, and the private sector to assess vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change and identify options for adaptation. The report outlines a risk management framework that can be applied to compare and evaluate potential adaptation options, recognizing that decision makers across the country are likely to pursue a diverse set of adaptation measures. The report also emphasizes the need to continually re-assess adaptation decisions as the experience and knowledge regarding effective adaptation evolves. The report calls for a national adaptation strategy in which the federal government would support and enhance adaptation activities undertaken by state, local, tribal, and private entities; identify and modify policies that might provide incentives for maladaptive behavior; bolster scientific research regarding adaptation; and encourage adaptation on a global scale through national programs with international components.
The session will also include a brief overview of the other three ACC panel reports: Advancing the Science of Climate Change, which lays out the evidence for human-induced climate change and makes recommendations for a new era of climate change research; Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, which suggests the U.S. climate policy goal be stated as a CO2 emissions budget and recommends steps to meet the budget; and Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change, which calls for improvements in how climate change information is provided to decision makers.
Further information about the America's Climate Choices suite of activities, including how to order reports, can be found at http://americasclimatechoices.org
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