A climate scientists, an economist, and ranchers and farmers testified on the effects of extreme weather on agriculture.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations about several international disputes, including North Korea's nuclear tests and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He urged Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to agree to peace talks with the opposition. He also addressed criticism of the U.N. and spoke about the threat of climate change. After his ...remarks he was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour and responded to questions from members of the audience. There was poor audio quality for a few minutes.Show SummaryShow Full Text
Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) talked about his commitment to advocating for new climate change policies and his efforts to change laws through either congressional or presidential leadership.*He also explained his reasons for creating a Bicameral Climate Change Task Force and what he hopes it could do in 2013. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Coral Davenport talked about President Obama's emphasis in his inaugural address on global. She discussed the prospects for climate change legislation in the 113th Congress and options the president has to push his agenda.Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.Show SummaryShow Full Text
Scientific and government officials discussed the complexity of aridity and drought. U.S. Geological Survey research scientist Margaret Redsteer said climate change would affect not only the magnitude but the severity and duration of droughts. Topics included the economic impacts from wild fires throughout the U.S. in 2012 to the famines that impact sub-Saharan Africa. "Aridity and Drought and their Consequences" was a plenary session of 13th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment, titled "Disasters and Environment: Science, Preparedness, and Resilience," held for three days in the Ronald Reagan Building by the National Council for Science and the Environment.Show SummaryShow Full Text
David Doniger and Myron Ebell talked about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report that 2012 was the hottest year on record for the contiguous 48 states and the second-worst for extreme weather such as tornadoes, wildfires and drought. Topics included natural variability and human intervention in the climate, temperature records in 2012, and long term ...climate and pollution projections. They also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Show SummaryShow Full Text
Panelists talked about the future of energy policy and U.S. energy independence. The presidents of the Shell Oil Company, the Environmental Defense Fund and former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman talked about renewable sources, the use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and gas, the impact of climate change and the potential for a carbon tax. This was part of ...[The Economist]'s "World in 2013 Festival," held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Show SummaryShow Full Text
James Hansen, head of the NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of the book, [Storms of My Grandchildren], spoke about climate science. He was also awarded the annual Stephen Schneider Science Communication award, named for the Stanford University environmental scientist who advised 7 US Presidents on Climate Change. This event takes place at the Commonwealth ...Club of California in San Francisco. Show SummaryShow Full Text
A panel of science scholars talked about attitudes towards climate science, the politics, global warming, and climate change. Topics included the future of weather the American west, hurricane Sandy, droughts, record temperatures, fires, the arctic, and Canadian tar sands. They gathered at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke to reporters after chairing a hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee about Hurricane Sandy, "Sandy and Its Impacts: A Local Perspective." Topics included what efforts have been made to mitigate global climate change and future legislative efforts.