just passing along as FYI...
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> Subject: NOAA Administrator Lubchenco to Lead U.S. Delegation to
> World Climate Conference-3
> Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:07:40 -0400
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> Contact: Madelyn Appelbaum* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
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> * NOAA Administrator to Lead U.S. Delegation to World Climate
> Conference-3 *
> *Looking Ahead to ‘A Clear Chance to Shape Our Future’ *
> Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and
> atmosphere and NOAA administrator, will lead a U.S. delegation to
> Geneva, Switzerland, August 31-Septmeber 4 for the World Climate
> Conference-3 in efforts to establish a Global Framework for Climate
> Services. This framework is intended to help meet accelerating demands
> for useful information on the impacts of climate change.
> “Climate change is real. It is happening now, in our backyards and
> around the globe,” said Lubchenco. “Decision-makers across all sectors
> require reliable, relevant information about the current and projected
> impacts of climate change, whether they are farmers, manufacturers, or
> city officials planning snow removal budgets or options for water
> resources, transportation or new housing developments. In a rapidly
> changing world these decisions cannot be made based on weather of the
> past; decision-makers need to know what to expect in the next twenty
> to fifty years to plan effectively.”
> Next week’s conference will bring together those who collect and
> develop climate information with those who need it, setting in motion
> an unprecedented opportunity to design a system that will inform
> decision-making in a way that is similar to how weather services work
> today, but on a longer time-scale. Climate services would include the
> broad range of what users require to address their needs, including
> data collection, technical assessment, analysis and prediction, and
> the ability to interpret and use the information.
> The U.S. delegation will include representatives from the White House
> Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House Council on
> Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S.
> Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S.
> Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. National Science
> Foundation, USAID, the Environmental Protection Agency, NOAA and NASA.
> U.S. officials will be actively engaged at the conference, learning
> from the international community and sharing American knowledge and
> The first two World Climate Conferences, in 1979 and 1990, greatly
> enhanced capabilities to observe and assess climate change, ultimately
> leading to the establishment of the World Climate Research Program and
> the Global Climate Observing System, as well as the Nobel Peace
> Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United
> Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
> “Rarely are we presented with such a clear chance to shape our future,
> to start taking actions essential to making our planet healthier,
> safer and more environmentally and economically viable. We look
> forward to working with the international community to make this a
> very successful conference,” said Lubchenco.
NOAA/National Weather Service Burlington VT