Friday, July 14, 2006

Webcast: China-U.S. Climate Change Forum (Inez Fung, John Harte, Xiangming Xiao)

What's at Risk? Climate Model Predictions and Physical and Biological Impacts.

I have just found a whole series of webcasts from Berkeley, these webcasts cover a range of topics, a superb series on Sino-US dialogue on climate change being of greatest interest to me.

For more such dialogue check out a recent addition to my blogroll.

Hopefully many of you will share my interest, the details of the first in this series of webcasts are given bellow. The program may be watched here.


"This panel of climate scientists describes the state of scientific
knowledge regarding changes in the global climate system, the role of
humans in causing these changes, and the likely impacts on earth's ecosystems.
Panelists include:Inez Fung, University of California at
Berkeley and LBNL; John Harte, University of California at
Berkeley; Xiangming Xiao, University of New Hampshire.


The China-U.S. Climate Change Forum was organized by the
Berkeley China Initiative
, which is forging closer ties between U.C.
Berkeley and China by bringing together key experts on important international
and bilateral issues. Growing concern over climate change makes this topic an
obvious choice for the first of this series of annual events.

This panel will highlight the mutual vulnerability of China and the U.S. to climate change, and the indispensable role of scientific research in understanding the problem and developing solutions. The Forum is co-sponsored by Peking University's College of Environmental Sciences and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, International and Area Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Energy and Resources Group, and Berkeley Institute of the Environment. Financial sponsors include the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the Energy Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation."

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2 Comments:

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Tim Burrows said...

Getting China on board with climate change action is critical. Getting the US on board is even more important, of course. China is planning to build the equivalent of one new coal fired power station a week for many years to come. This will have a serious impact on CO2 emissions moving forward.

 
At 5:33 AM, Blogger Alex Smith said...

These speeches, especially those by Dr. I.Fung and J. Harte, show us once again how desperate our situation may already be. Note Harte's slides of things that create "postitive feedback loops" and runaway climate change.

Fung begins her speech by saying "I am very worried." She's been studying the world's climate for 25 years, and is a member of the U.S. Academy of Science.

Harte says "we should be very scared."

After seeing this video, I am.

Good post Calvin!

 

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