Public Release:  3 new climate change reports to be released at May 19 public briefing

National Academy of Sciences

As part of its most comprehensive assessment to date, the National Research Council - the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering - will release three new reports examining how the nation can combat the effects of global warming. One focuses on the science that supports human-induced climate change, and the others review options for limiting the magnitude of and adapting to the impacts of global warming. The reports are part of a congressionally requested suite of studies known as America's Climate Choices.

At a public briefing to discuss the reports, Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver opening remarks, and members of the panels that wrote the reports will discuss their recommendations and take questions. The briefing starts at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 19, in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may watch a live video webcast and submit questions at www.national-academies.org.

Reports to be released on the 19th are:

  • Advancing the Science of Climate Change
  • Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change
  • Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

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Advance copies of the reports will be available to reporters only beginning at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 18. THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED AND NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE BEFORE 10 A.M. EDT MAY 19. To obtain copies of the reports or to register for the briefing, contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail <news@nas.edu>.

America's Climate Choices also includes two additional reports that will be released later this year: Informing Effective Decisions and Actions Related to Climate Change will examine how to best provide decision makers information on climate change, and an overarching publication will build on the previous reports to offer a scientific framework for shaping the policy choices underlying the nation's efforts to confront climate change.

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