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CPO's David Herring Joins Distinguished Panel to Discuss the Challenges of Climate Change

  • 21 September 2021

On Wednesday, September 22, from 10 am - 12 noon ET, CPO Communication, Education, and Engagement (CEE) Division Chief David Herring will join a distinguished panel of climate scientists and subject matter experts in a public forum hosted by the Potomac Officers Club titled "Meeting the challenge of climate change in industry, government, and society."

The purpose of this and other sessions in the forum series is to engage scientists and thought leaders in discussions to define and help people understand the challenges and risks that climate change poses to the United States and the world. The panels will examine a variety of topics, such as: What are the human drivers of climate change and how is it impacting Earth's natural systems? How do we observe climate change? How are human health and the health of the planet affected by climate change? How do we reach society to educate, respond, cooperate, and implement solutions? How do we study and report on climate change? What are the most notable gaps in how we respond to climate change? What types of technologies can be brought to bear to mitigate and adapt to climate change?  What role should U.S. government agencies play in addressing climate change and partner with industry and the public to bring about meaningful solutions?  How do government agencies address climate change within their mission scope and funding?

Other panelists featured in the Sept. 22 forum include:

  • Dr. Waleed Abdalati, Scientist and Executive Director of CIRES;
  • Steve Ambrose, Chief Climate Scientist at SAIC;
  • Lori Garver, CEO of Earthrise Alliance;
  • Dr. Renee McPherson, Director of the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center; and
  • Dr. Betsy Weatherhead, Senior Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Registration is required and there is a $125 fee to attend.

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