Amanda McCarty of the Climate Program Office is participating in the United National Climate Change Conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland from Nov. 11 - 23 as part of the delegation from NOAA and the United States.
The Conference will include concurrent sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Kyoto Protocol, and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.
McCarty will participate as a member of the US delegation representing NOAA and the United States on adaptation, research, and systematic observation issues.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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