erican Response to Climate Change
An issue for America
The presentations and results of The Wild Center climate conferences can be viewed on this page. The Center hosted three conferences. One was national in scale, the other for the Adirondacks. Both focused on solutions. A third is a regional Adirondack Youth Climate Summit.
Attendees at the national gathering included John Holdren, is advisor to President Barack Obama for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
The American Response to Climate Change Conference official website.
The American Response to Climate Change
Wild Center Conference
The Wild Center conceived these national and regional conferences to propose solutions to cut carbon pollution. The national Conference took place June 25 an 26, and the Adirondack Conference took place November 18 and 19, 2008. o
Click the links below to see videos of plenary presentations, including the presentation by President Obama's new top science adviser John Holdren from the national conference. Videos of the Adirondack presentations are posted at right. After the video links you can see news stories and other information about the Conferences.
Wild Center Conference
See Thomas Lovejoy's Presentation Current Science of Climate Disruptions - Tom Lovejoy is the President of the H John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.
See Michael Levi and Jeremy Oppenheim on Findings and Recommendations by the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Climate Change - Michael Levi is the task force's Project Director, Jeremy Oppenheim is a Director at McKinsey & Company.
Wild Center Climate
The Conference convened business leaders and experts on climate change economics, carbon finance, selected emissions sectors, and the carbon sink in the United States. Participants were also expected to produce a slate of possible policy and regulatory options to overcome market and other barriers that are inhibiting implementation of substantial low-cost greenhouse gas emission reductions. This document takes the form of a Message to the Nation that was refined after the conference and delivered to leaders in position to act on the recommendations.
National Climate Conference
The Wild Center recognizes the complexity of the variables involved in all natural systems, including climate. It also recognizes the overwhelming agreement in the scientific community that large-scale pollution is behind the current accelerated warming. In initiating and advancing this Conference it also recognizes that there are meaningful and economically sensible opportunities to reduce the pollution that can overwhelm natural systems, and in doing that create a healthier economy and healthier place to live. The complete media release is available in the News section.
The Wild Center wishes to thank all of the corporations and organizations that have made this Conference possible.
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Climate Change Special Initiative
Betsy & Jesse Fink Foundation
Brookfield Renewable Power
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Henry P. Kendall Foundation
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The Summit Foundation
Bovis Lend Lease
Dow Building Solutions
The Lyme Timber Company
The Nature Conservancy
Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum
Natural Resources Defense Council
Syracuse Center for Excellence
Union of Concerned Scientists
American Museum of Natural History
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
The Center for Climate Strategies
Empire State Development Corporation
National Geographic Society
Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks
New York Academy of Sciences
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Energy Research Development Authority
New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation
Open Space Institute
Tuck School, Dartmouth College
U.S. Green Building Council
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Draft Reports and Online Videos Relevant to Climate Change in the Adirondacks
This draft Adirondack Climate Change Report uses peer-reviewed climate models and historical data for a report on current and possible future changes in the climate, ecology and economy of the Adirondacks. By Jerry Jenkins, a scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the author of the Adirondack Atlas. Produced with support from the WCS, The Wild Center and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Watch the Presentation by Jerry Jenkins on his report about the Adirondacks.
This draft Adirondack Park Greenhouse Gas Inventory details the sources of greenhouse gas emissions and sequestration in the Adirondacks. It was designed to provide area leaders with critical data that could form the basis of a regional climate action plan. The report was produced by Ecology and Environment, Inc. with support from The Wild Center and Energy $mart Park Initiative.
Watch Carter F. Bales Opening Session on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions "Without changing the incentives that govern business behavior we are not going to fix this problem..." Part II "This is under the heading of low hanging fruit, and if you don't pick this...
Peter C. Frumhoff of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the regional climate impacts in the northeast and Adirondacks "We're seeing changes here across the northeast...we've warmed winter about 4 degrees since 1970..." Part II "these are conservative projections..."
Rhett Lamb, Planning Director, Keene, New Hampshire "You guys are entering a new phase in this, which is how are larger areas and regions going to deal with it..." Part II "this is key, there a million things you can do, but you have to look at what you are really able to do..."
Christa Koehler of Clean Air Cool Planet on a regional plan to cut carbon "form energy committees to address the rising cost of energy.."
Watch highlights from both conferences on YouTube.