Past Events

Past Events 2008

"The Politics of Climate Change Agreement" in London (6 – 7 July)

This Chatham House conference examines the politics of reaching a multilateral climate change agreement in 2009, what the elements of a deal might be, and what the alternatives are if a deal is not reached. It assesses the role of China, Russia and the new U.S. administration, and whether developing countries can achieve an equitable deal. It also puts forward the idea of the global economic recession as an opportunity to finance low carbon development; a 'new green deal'.

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"Running on Empty: Pakistan's Water Crisis" in Washington (20 November)

This one-dayconference brings together practitioners and academics to discuss the implications of Pakistan's emerging water crisis.

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"A Global Contract Based on Climate Justice – The Need for a New Approach Concerning International Relations" in Brussels (11 November)

In response to the manifold challenges of climate change the Ecosocial Forum Europe, together with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and a multi-party group of Members of the European Parliament, among them Jens Holm, Othmar Karas, Jo Leinen, Caroline Lucas, Vittorio Prodi and Anders Wijkman have decided to organise a high-level conference with the goal of influencing the international climate negotiations.

The goal of the conference is to create a stimulating environment for dialogue in order to inform Members of the European Parliament and other stakeholders such as civil society, public institutions and the business and financial sector of the necessity for a Global Contract based on Climate Justice.

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"Sustaining Natural Resources and Environmental Integrity During Response to Crisis and Conflict" in Washington DC (11 November)

Post-conflict and post-disaster response programs are often designed and implemented quickly, with the highest priority given to basic health services; water and sanitation; and infrastructure. Environmental issues typically receive much less systematic attention, and crisis-response programs can sometimes cause additional environmental degradation. This session will examine strategies to mitigate the negative social and environmental impacts of responding to conflict and crisis. Presenters will discuss how long-term considerations such as natural resource management (NRM) can best be integrated into crisis response, and will also highlight areas in need of future attention, innovation, and investment.

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"US Elections and Foreign Policy, Climate Change and International Security" in Brussels (12 November)

Given the crash of 2008 and the linked crises in finance, trade, environment and foreign policy, the US Presidential election result seems more important than ever to those in the rest of the world without a vote. Key questions that are going to be debated at the conference include: Are European expectations of a President Obama unrealistically high? How would a President McCain respond to a Europe that had overwhelmingly backed his opponent? At the beginning of the campaign both candidates were seen as environmentally benign when compared with President George W Bush. Does the choice of Governor Palin as Vice Presidential candidate underline that this perceived environmental parity is no longer accurate?

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"Climate Change as a Security Threat - Strategies for Policy-Makers, Science and Business" in Freiburg (6-7 November)

The event will focus on potential conflict constellations caused by climate change and the impacts these conflicts may have on peace and security. Moreover the conference will bring these issues to the attention of a broader public and further support opportunities for dialogue. The Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister of State Dr h.c. Gernot Erler and Lord Mayor of the City of Freiburg Dr Dieter Salomon will open the international conference. Highly regarded speakers will enrich the programme, among them Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Director General of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri. The conference programme will be complemented by two special events: a Benefit Concert of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and an Exhibition entitled "Environment, Conflict and Cooperation". 

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"International Seminar on Food Crisis and Environmental degradation - Lessons for India" in New Delhi (24 October)

This Seminar will seek to identify sustainable solutions to food crisis. Leaders of thought, scientists, development practitioners, media professionals and farmers will share scientific knowledge, development experiences, and innovative ideas to illuminate opportunities for a sustainable future in Agriculture.

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"The IUCN World Conservation Congress" in Barcelona (5-14 October)

More than 8,000 of the world’s leading decision makers in sustainable development from governments, NGOs, business, the UN and academia will assemble for the ten-day IUCN conference. The event will provide a forum for participants to debate, network, learn and develop ideas and solutions for a sustainable world. 

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"Climate Change and Foreign Policy: The Implications and Scope for Policy Integration" in Copenhagen (6-9 October)

How does climate change affect foreign policy priorities? How will it change the way in which countries conduct bilateral and multilateral relations in the future? On what basis might major developed and emerging economies reach agreement on a new climate change treaty? To what extent will issues such as ‘distress migration’, tensions over strategic trade routes, exploitation of newly accessible resources and competition for scarce resources rise up the international agenda? How can climate change considerations be best integrated with development, energy security, trade and security policies?

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"NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Weather/Climate Risk Management for the Energy Sector" in Lecce, Italy (6-10 October) 

The workshop plans to discuss vulnerabilities of the energy sector to extreme weather events in the context of climate change adaptation. It will also identify impediments to the use of weather/climate information for the energy sector in the context of climate change adaptation. Other topics on the agenda include the knowledge transfer between weather/climate scientists and energy experts, consequences of climate change (e.g. disruptions) for modelling energy demand and possible contributions of the weather/climate scientists and the energy experts to climate change adaptation policies for energy security. 

The workshop will have about 20 invited speakers. A number of additional talks will be allocated to specialists through an abstract-based selection. Specialists who wish to contribute to the workshop discussion and recommendations are welcome to apply (the abstract would be replaced by an expression of interest in this case). The maximum number of participants to the workshop will be 45. Deadline for submission of abstracts or submission of interest is 25 August 2008.

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"International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability" in Bonn (9-11 October)

The conference will strive to distil the current state of scientific research and debate with the perspective of providing a future outlook and policy-relevant recommendations.
It was conceived to allow in-depth discussions of specific topics and themes, in particular the following:

    * Environmental drivers of migration;
    * Geographical distribution and trends in vulnerability and migration;
    * Assessment of migratory fluxes due to environmental drivers;
    * Migration as a coping strategy in the face of vulnerability;
    * Temporary and permanent migration due to environmental drivers; and
    * Recognition of and assistance to environmentally displaced persons.

The EFMSV-Conference's goal is to bring together experts of multiple disciplines, dealing with the pressing issues of environmental change, migration and social vulnerability, in order to share knowledge, identify gaps and seek solutions. In this regard the international conference will feature case studies, scenarios, and an analysis of the major outcomes of the two year long project.

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"Launch of  World Watch Magazine on Climate and Conflict" in Washington DC (30 September) 

Until recently, demographic issues such as population growth, age structures, and youth bulges did not generate much interest among environmental audiences. World Watch magazine’s September/October 2008 issue, Population Forum, is one sign that this is changing. Contributions highlight how population issues affect environmental degradation and climate change, as well as poverty, security, and the well-being of women and children.

World Watch editor Thomas Prugh will provide an overview of the September/October 2008 issue and will explain why population issues are of concern to Worldwatch, an environmental organization. Robert Engelman will present a short history of population trends; Karen Hardee will discuss the intersections of population, urbanization, and the environment; and Sean Peoples will comment on the security impacts of demographic factors such as population growth and migration. Several other authors will be in attendance to field questions during the discussion portion of the event.

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"Climate Change, Conflicts and Cooperation in the Arctic" in Hamburg (27 September) 

This international symposium is organized by the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea. It brings together high ranking experts to discuss the effects of climate change in the Arctic, the increase in maritime transportation and related environmental problems, continental shelf claims, as well as regional cooperation.

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"Climate Change: Preparing for the New Security Environment"  in London (3 September 2008)

Organized by the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), the conference will provide a forum to discuss the current state of research on the linkages between climate change and security, with a special focus on responses and solutions for planners and policymakers.

Key questions include: How will climate change reshape future approaches to defence and security? What policy initiatives are needed in order to deal comprehensively with climate-driven insecurity, and what steps need to be taken to make these changes? How will climate change affect international relations, security policy, economic relationships and tensions within and between countries? 

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"Building Resilience: Responses to a Turbulent World" in Oxford (1-3 September)

This international conference aims at encouraging debate and critical discussion about key issues facing society. The conference takes a multi-disciplinary perspective. Contributions from all fields are welcome. The programme will run for two and a half days, filled with a variety of activities: keynote addresses from key thinkers; formal presentations; salon-style discussion sessions of delegates’ papers, narratives about practice, poster demonstrations and workshops. The emphasis is on participation, dialogue and knowledge exchange.

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"11th International Riversymposium" in Brisbane, Australia (1-4 September 2008)

The global future of rivers is threatened by too little or too much water. The 11th International Riversymposium will explore the challenges associated with the increased incidence of flooding and drought expected with climate change. It will address the following questions: What changes can we anticipate? How can we adapt? Key areas to be covered include climate change and rivers, drought management and planning, water management with drying dams as well as flood mitigation and maintaining ecological values.

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"Systemic Peacebuilding: Enhancing Effectiveness and Impact in Crisis Management and Prevention, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding" in London (26-28 August 2008)

This event is one of the new three-day Executive Leadership Programs (ELP) jointly designed by the Department of Peace Operations of PATRIR and the International Peace and Development Training Centre for government policy and decision-makers. ELPs are highly effective forums, bringing together senior policy makers, political leadership, and representatives of governmental and inter-governmental organizations with analysis and experts and practitioners working on the ground to improve effective policy and practice on key issues in peacebuilding, human security, crisis prevention and management and conflict transformation.

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"Public-private partnership – Key for integral risk management and climate change adaptation” in Davos (25-29 August 2008)

This conference is the third International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC). It addresses the importance of the private sector in disaster reduction and risk management. IDRC Davos 2008 will take up a broad range of risks and threats including natural hazards, risks of a technical, biological and chemical nature, but also climate change, pandemics and terrorism, with a clear focus on a consistent and systematic risk management approach, to be able to take effective and efficient decisions for disaster risk reduction and mitigation measures, which lead to transparent and comparable results in different risk situations. A particular focus will be set on disaster risk management policies, climate change, critical infrastructures and pandemic diseases, always with the perspective of public-private partnership and sustainable development.

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"The World Water Week"  in Stockholm (17-23 August 2008)

The World Water week is an annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programmes in water and development. The theme of the week is Progress and Prospects on Water: For a Clean and Healthy World with Special Focus on Sanitation. 

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"Energy for sustainable development" in Karachi, Pakistan (10-12 August 2008)

The international conference is organized by the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology and the COMSATS Institution of Information Technology. It aims to provide a forum to share the latest research, innovations, review achievements and shortcomings relevant to the international efforts to counter the looming energy crises and the consequential threat to world economies and the future direction for enhancing the global energy security with a focus on developing countries with special emphasis on Pakistan.

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"Energy Security and Climate Change: Issues, Strategies, and Options (ESCC 2008)" in Bangkok (6-8 August 2008)

Organized by the Energy Field of Studies Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Regional Energy Resource Information Center (RERIC), this event will cover technical, economic, social and political dimensions of energy security. Issues of climate change such as monitoring, modelling, impact assessment, mitigation schemes, regional and national mitigation strategies will also be included. It is envisioned to initiate and stimulate international discussions wherein findings and recommendations will be useful for all energy stakeholders.

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"Building Sustainable Futures. Enacting Peace and Development" in Leuven, Belgium (15-19 July 2008)

Every two years, the members of the International Peace Research Association meet at their global conference to asses conflict and peace building in the world, discuss the state of the art of peace research, to plan future research, and influence the practice and decision-making of violence prevention and peace building. This year, the overall theme draws attention to the dis-synergetic interaction between economic development, environmental change and conflict management efforts in the 21st century.

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"Coping with Global Change in marine social-ecological systems" in Rome (8-11 July 2008)
The international symposium is sponsored by GLOBEC, EUR-OCEANS and FAO. The central goals of the symposium are to share experiences across disciplines and to identify key next steps and common elements and approaches that promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems in he face of global changes. This involves synthesising the work of natural and social scientists, developing innovative approaches to the use of science and knowledge in management, policy and advice and identifying lessons for governance for building resilient social-ecological systems.

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"Global Governance for Sustainable Development: The need for Policy Coherence and new Partnerships" in Geneva (24-28 June 2008)

The failure to translate the two decades old concept of sustainable development into effective action worldwide points to the need for more research and debate about ways and means to make it more relevant for global, national and local development strategies and policies. This 12th European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) General Conference will present the perceptions of leading European development experts and their associates in the developing regions on dramatic global challenges and on possible policy options or governance models to meet those challenges.

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"International Conference on the Theme of Mining and Sustainable Development in Africa" in Conakry, Guinea (9–13 June 2008)

Environmentally conscious mining operations have experienced both successes and failures, which should be capitalized on to contribute to the development of a sustainable mining sector. This conference is organized by the Environmental Studies and Research Centre (CÉRE), the University of Conakry and the International Francophone Secretariat for Environmental Assessment (SIFÉE). It will give stakeholders from various backgrounds the opportunity to meet, share and compare experiences, and together propose solutions to environmental issues in the mining sector.

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"European Neighbourhood Policy and the South Caucasus" in Tbilisi (2-5 June 2008)

Another Wilton Park Conference deals with the EU's European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the South Caucasus. What are the prospects for investment, trade, aid, energy and environmental cooperation in the region? Which policies can best help promote stability, democracy, and prosperity? What are the prospects for conflict resolution in the region? How can Black Sea regional co-operation contribute to closer relations?

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"Globalization, Energy and the Environment" in Warsaw (29-30 May 2008)

The Conference is organized by the Warsaw School of Economics and University of Washington to evaluate impacts the globalization might have on natural environment and global environmental policy. The primary theme of the conference focuses on the relationship between energy and the environment in the global context. Following previous discussion it is going to continue the debate on the interrelationships between trade/investment and environment as well as the quality of natural environments in countries exporting environmental goods and services, including developing and transition economies.

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"Energy Security in the European Union: Green Linkages and the Black Sea Context" in Bucharest, Romania (13-16 May 2008)

This Wilton Park Conference addresses the following questions: How are developments in the Black Sea region impacting upon the region's growing importance as an energy transit route from Central Asia and the Middle East to the EU? What role is Russia playing? How are political dynamics affecting the location of new proposed pipelines and how will supply patterns change? What are the implications of price volatility, supply uncertainties, and the Kyoto Protocol for EU energy security?

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"Trans-Boundary Environmental Governance in Canada and the United States" in Washington, D.C. (8 May 2008)

This conference aims to provide participants with a better understanding not only of the varied institutional arrangements for cross-border governance but also provide some sense of whether their impacts are substantive or largely symbolic. The discussion promises to provide timely analyses of the International Joint Commission's initiatives, as well as other environmental governance mechanisms that focus on particular bioregions or sub-national jurisdictions. Panellists will also assess areas where Canada and the United States share serious environmental concerns, but currently lack an effective bilateral governance system to manage these challenges.

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"The Geopolitics of Climate Change" in Brussels (23 April 2008)

The IES will co-organise this half day symposium with Dr. Peter Haldén presenting his recent report on "The Geopolitics of Climate Change". Other topics to be addressed include the Strategic Importance of the Arctic, the Geopolitics of Energy Security, the EU Approach to Climate Change and International Security. The meeting is part of a series of events in follow up to the Conference on Climate Change, Security and Sustainable Development: From Bali to Poznan, which the IES organised at the European Parliament in Brussels on 18 December 2007.

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"Environmental (In)Justice: Sources, Symptoms, and Solutions" (11-24 April 2008)

The EcoRes Forum from is the second in a series of online dialogues focusing on the ethical, political and socio-cultural aspects of climate change. The purpose of this discussion is to raise awareness about environmental and climate justice themes: what these concepts encompass, underlying causes and symptoms of injustice, how these may be rectified, and related aspects ranging from national immigration policy and international contraction and convergence proposals to xenophobia and racism.

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"Scarcity of Water Resources in a context of Global Warming" in Brussels (16 April 2008) 

The conference is organized by The Europe Near East Forum, The European Water Forum and the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and will be held at the European Parliament. The Peres Center for Peace takes part in the meeting, and invited two of the distinguished speakers - a Representative of The Peres Center's Agriculture and Water Department will present Arab-Israeli cooperative solutions for sustainable water management, and one of its Palestinian partners, will present water as a source for cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis.  

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"Food Security and Environmental Change" in Oxford (2-4 April 2008)

There is growing concern that global environmental change will further complicate achieving food security, particularly for more vulnerable sections of society. This conference will bring together the research and policy communities addressing food security, environmental change and food policy to promote wider international discussion on these issues and to progress the joint development of adaptation options.

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"Accelerating the Water Security for Socio-Economic Development of Africa" in Tunis (26-28 March)

The main objective of the first African Water Week (AWW-1), to be hosted by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), is to create a forum for African water sector professionals, stakeholders and partners to discuss the opportunities and challenges of achieving water security for the socio-economic development of Africa; and to formulate concrete policies, strategies and actions to accelerate water resources development and provision of services taking into consideration the challenges and impacts of climate change and variability.

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"Climate Change and Claiming the Arctic Circle" in Washington, DC (20 March)

Scientists are predicting that the entire Arctic Ocean could have an ice-free summer surface by 2050. As climate change causes the Arctic to melt, the several countries with territory inside the Arctic Circle - including Russia, the U.S., Norway, Denmark and Canada -- are poised to claim the region's vast energy resources. One study estimates that a quarter of the world's oil and gas reserves are to be found under the Arctic, as well as significant deposits of other mineral riches. This program will explore the international legal aspects of the melting Arctic including: Oil and gas rights; endangered species protection (including listing of polar bear); land claims; and The Law of the Sea Convention.

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"EU fundraising for civil society peacebuilding" in Bonn (28 February - 1 March 2008)

The training is tailored for professionals and practitioners working for peace who whish to learn more about the European polity and policy framework and who need to know more about the new financial perspectives under the EU’s 2007-2013 budget. Using a mix of methods and exercises this training will provide you with expert knowledge and useful skills that are the precondition to successfully apply for and give consultancy on funding opportunities for peacebuilding projects in third countries.

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"Long-Term Policies: Governing Social-Ecological Change" in Berlin (22-23 February 2008)

This conference will be the eighth event in the series of annual European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, and the first International Conference of the Social-Ecological Research Programme. It particularly aims at bringing together transdisciplinary research results on long-term policies from various fields. It will provide ample opportunities to advance social-ecological research into international debates and to discuss future perspectives of this field.

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"The Security–Migration Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities of African Migration to EU Countries" in Bonn (22–23 February 2008)

n behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) BICC is organizing this international conference. The goal of the conference will be to shed light on the topic of ‘security’ from various different perspectives. The conference intends to contribute to an improved awareness of respective positions and needs and to incorporate this into the development of both political and scientific concepts.

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"The New Scramble for Africa: Oil, Geopolitics and the Quest for the Development Dividend" in Berlin (11 February 2008)

The event is part of the Berlin Dialogues Sessions of the Harvard Center for European Studies Berlin and organized in cooperation with the Global Energy Governance Program of the Global Public Policy Institute and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB). The international community is scrambling for ways to ensure that African populations receive a development dividend from their oil riches. What contribution can voluntary schemes such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) favoured by Germany and other G-8 countries make? Do we need to step up civil society pressure for mandatory regulation and disclosure?

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"Living with climate change: are there limits to adaptation?" in London (7 - 8 February 2008)

Announced by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the University of Oslo, with the support of the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) project, this two day international conference wants to consider strategies for adapting to climate change, in particular to explore the potential barriers to adaptation that may limit the ability of societies to adapt to climate change and to identify opportunities for overcoming these barriers. The conference is aimed at researchers and practitioners with an interest in understanding how societies adapt to climate change.

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"Asian Drivers of Global Change – Challenges for Europe" in Bonn (17 - 18 January 2008)

The workshop, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and organised jointly by the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE, Bonn) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, Sussex), will concentrate on one of the big issues of our time: the rise of China and India and the challenges which this presents for Europe. It focuses on both countries as innovation powers and their increasingly important role in finding solutions to global climate change. Leaders from the research communities in these countries have been invited to bring in the corporate and government views.

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"Climate Change: Science and Solutions" in Washington, D.C. (16–18 January 2008)

The National Council for Science and the Environment organizes the 8th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment to develop and advance science-based solutions to climate change. Scientists, policy makers, industry leaders, educators, and other solutions-oriented innovators are invited to develop comprehensive strategies for protecting people and the planet against the threat of climate change.

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