The Security and Sustainability Forum 
Dear Colleague,                                     

On January 11th, the US Global Change Research  Program (USGCRP) released the draft National Climate Assessment (NCA) for public review.  The NCA is a climate status report authorized every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The Assessment  is based on the best available science and written by hundreds of leading scientists and experts from academia, government, the private and non-profit sectors.  After review by the National Academies of Science and the public, the report will be revised and submitted to the Federal Government in early 2014.  Public comments must be submitted through the review and comment system.    


Instead of a single webinar on the draft National Climate Assessment, as we announced last week, the Security and Sustainability Forum and Second Nature will host a webinar series around the report. More than one webinar is needed to hear the NCA findings and allow time to discuss priorities for grappling with the challenges posed by extreme weather events and other social and economic disruptions resulting from a changing climate.  


Registration is now open for Sessions 1 and 2, and will be open shortly for Sessions 3 and 4. 

Second Nature   

Session 1: Findings from the National Climate Assessment

    February 20, 2013

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST


Panelists for session 1 will include members of the National Climate Assessment Development & Advisory Committee (NCADAC), which is responsible for synthesizing and summarizing the contributions of experts to the report.  The panel will discuss the findings from the report and answer audience questions.


 Session 2: Implications of the National Climate Assessment

March 14, 2013

1:15 to 2:45 PM EST


In this session, we will convene NCA lead authors and sustainability leaders from local government, higher education, and industry to identify and discuss priorities for addressing destabilizing threats posed by a changing climate.  


Session 3: The Long-Term Vision: Developing a "Sustained Climate Assessment"

April/May  2013


This webinar will focus on the long-term vision in Chapter  30, which proposes to make the assessment an "ongoing process of working to understand and evaluate the nation's vulnerabilities to climate variability and change and its capacity to respond," instead of a periodic review of climate change.


Session 4: Updates to the NCA Draft Report

September 2013


This session will take place after the public comments have been considered.  It will cover new material and reiterate the major points of the final report.  



On behalf of Second Nature, and the Security and Sustainability Forum, I urge you to  participate in this free series and extend the invitation to your colleagues.  Sign up for free membership with SSF to make sure you receive our webinar alerts and free access to our webinar video archive.  

Edward Saltzberg Sincerely,

Edward Saltzberg
Managing Director
The Security and Sustainability Forum
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