Climate Science, 50 Years Later: Agenda

Climate Science, 50 Years Later: Agenda
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the
First Official Climate-Change Warning to a U.S. President

An Event Organized by AAAS and the Carnegie Institution for Science,
with support from the American Meteorological Society
and the Linden Trust for Conservation

Thursday, 29 October, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1530 P Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005


On 5 November, 1965, the group now known as the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) cautioned President Lyndon B. Johnson that continued accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide resulting from fossil-fuel burning would “almost certainly cause significant changes” and “could be deleterious from the point of view of human beings.” The reality of human-induced climate change has now been soundly confirmed, yet public skepticism persists, and policy responses remain elusive. On 29 October, 2015, a daylong symposium will review what scientific research has revealed about climate change over the past 50 years, and offer a forward-looking assessment of the range of scientific, technological, communication, and policy options for the future.

8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast and sign-in
8:30 a.m. Welcome by Rush D. Holt, AAAS CEO; Science executive publisher, and Matthew Scott, President, Carnegie Science | Watch
8:35 a.m. Special Lecture: John P. Holdren, presidential science advisor, OSTP director
Climate Change and Science Policy | Watch | Slides
8:55 a.m. Q&A with Dr. Holdren | Watch
9:10 a.m. AAAS Video Presentation: Confronting Climate Change | Watch
9:15 a.m. Keynote Address: Chris Field, Carnegie Institution for Science and Stanford University
Examining the Evidence: How Much Have We Learned in 50 Years? | Watch | Slides
9:35 a.m. Q&A with Dr. Field | Watch
9:50 a.m. Panel One (moderated by Rush Holt, AAAS)
What We Know About Impacts to People, Animals, and Crops | Watch
- Howard Frumkin, University of Washington (public-health impacts) | Slides
- Camille Parmesan, Plymouth University, U.K. (species) | Slides
- Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford University (drought / crops) | Slides
10:50 a.m. Q&A with Panel One | Watch
11:05 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Panel Two (moderated by Anna Michalak, Carnegie Institution for Science):
Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Costs | Watch
- Kerry Emanuel, MIT (extreme weather events) | Slides
- Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University (preparedness) | Slides
- Charles Kolstad, Stanford University (economic costs of climate change) | Slides
12:15 p.m. Q&A with Panel Two | Watch
12:30 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Special Lecture: J. Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia
Communicating about Climate Change — 50 Years Later | Watch | Slides
1:50 p.m. Q&A with Dr. Shepherd | Watch
2:05 p.m. Panel Three (moderated by Ed Dunlea, Board of Atmospheric Science and Climate):
The Promise of Science and Technology-Based Solutions | Watch
- Jennifer Wilcox, Stanford University (options for CO2 sequestration) | Slides
- Nathan Lewis, California Institute of Technology (options for CO2 removal) | Slides
- Waleed Abdalati, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder (technology) | Slides
3:20 p.m. Q&A with Panel Three | Watch
3:35 p.m. Capstone Presentation: Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University Climate Science Center
What More Do We Need to Know — Where Do We Go From Here? | Watch | Slides
3:55 p.m. Q&A with Dr. Hayhoe | Watch


From 4:10 p.m until 5:00 pm, a networking reception will encourage further engagement following formal presentations.