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Briefing Date:07/15/2010
Topic:Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millenia

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations

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Congressional Briefings
Thursday, July 15, 2010
2325 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 1:30 p.m.
and
366 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 3:30 p.m.

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on

Climate Stabilization Targets:
Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia

by

Susan Solomon, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and Chair, Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations

Damon Matthews, Assistant Professor and University Research Fellow, Department of Geography Planning and Environment, Concordia University; and Member, Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations

Marilyn Raphael, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles; and Member, Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations

Konrad Steffen, Professor, Climatology and Remote Sensing, Cooperative Institute for Environmental Research/University of Colorado at Boulder; and Member, Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations

The National Research Council of the National Academies has completed a new report, titled Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia, that draws on the most current science available to quantify the relationships between emissions, concentrations, warming, and future impacts. The key findings evaluate the implications of different climate stabilization target levels and the timescales over which the consequences of today’s choices persist. The report discusses important information relevant to policy aimed at controlling emissions and reducing the risk of dangerous impacts.

These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report will be released to the public on July 16, 2010 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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