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Media Advisory: Science for Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change




For release:  March 18, 2009

Contact: Tom Armstrong, 703-648-6917, tarmstrong@xxxxxxxx
        Jennifer LaVista, 703-648-4432, jlavista@xxxxxxxx

Media Advisory: Science for Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change

The United States faces the alarming possibility of abrupt climate change in the 21st century. Slight changes in climate may trigger major abrupt ecosystem responses - or "tipping points" - that are not easily reversible. The United States could be threatened by continued glacier and ice-sheet melting, sea-ice retreat, coastal erosion, sea-level rise, insect outbreaks, expanded areas of drought, and increased wildfires. These and other impacts pose clear risks to society in terms of our ability to adapt, especially if we are unprepared. Come learn how the USGS is working with partners to provide the science necessary for understanding current and future climate conditions and developing effective adaptation and mitigation strategies, to help the Nation prepare for an uncertain future.

What

The media and public are invited to a congressional briefing to learn how the USGS is working with the U.S. Climate Change Science Program to provide the science necessary for understanding current and future climate conditions and developing effective adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Who

Robert Corell, Vice President of Programs at The Heinz Center
Peter Schultz, Director of the Climate Change Science Program Office
Virginia R. Burkett, Chief Scientist for Global Change Research at USGS.
Thomas Armstrong, Senior Advisor for USGS Global Change Programs

When

Friday, March 20
10:00 a.m

Where

1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

Congressional Sponsors

Representative Vernon Ehlers (MI)
Representative Jim Moran (VA)


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Jennifer LaVista
Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey, Office of Communications
703-648-4432
Email: jlavista@xxxxxxxx
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