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For Immediate Release: June 3, 2004
Contact: Percy Della  (916) 654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

It's Not Quite "The Day After Tomorrow" Scenario, But Conference Will Focus on Reducing Impacts Of Catastrophic Climate Change in California

What:    The California Climate Change Center will host its First Annual Climate Change Conference. The Center, created by the California Energy Commission, conducts research to address the adverse impacts of global warming on California.

When:    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 9 and 10, 2004

Where:    Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento

Why:    Documented reports of warmer temperatures, declining spring snowpack, and earlier snowmelt in California have raised concerns about the state's future ability to satisfy future water demands and to generate sufficient low-cost electricity from its hydroelectric power plants to meet ever-increasing summer demand.

The conference will focus on climate change research in California - considered the first state-sponsored research program in the nation. The conference will also discuss how California may reduce the phenomenon's ill effects on the state's energy resources, agriculture, ecosystems, forestry, water supply and its overall economy.

The conference was planned long before the release of the summer movie “The Day After Tomorrow” about the approaching climatic change catastrophe. As the movie's drum beaters would say, the movie is science fiction, but climate change is real.

Who:    The conference will feature a talk by noted atmospheric scientist Dr. V. Ramanathan on the topic of black carbon and solar radiation. Most speakers are technical experts from the California Climate Change Center formed in 2003 by the Energy Commission through its Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The Center serves as a virtual research center to facilitate an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach for regional climate research studies. Its core research activities are conducted at the University of California at Berkeley and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego. Berkeley focuses on economic and policy issues, while Scripps focuses on climate detection, analysis, and modeling.

Speakers and Session Chairs Biographies
(Acrobat PDF file, 13 pages)

The Center also conducts research to determine how much and at what costs carbon could be sequestered in forests, agricultural soils, and geological formations.

Additionally, the Center supports other research through competitive solicitations to compliment core activities at UC Berkeley and the Scripps Institute. For example, complimentary research is being funded on topics such as ecological modeling.

For the agenda and for more information on the conference, log on to:



Attention Editors:

Synopsis of the state-sponsored climate change research projects
(Acrobat PDF file, 3 pages)

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