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For Immediate Release: September 12, 2006
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Global Warming Conference to Examine
Climate Change in California

NASA's Dr. James Hansen Featured as Keynote Speaker


WHAT: Third Annual Conference on Global Climate Change. Subjects to be discussed include reducing carbon emissions, regional climate modeling, carbon sequestration, ecological impacts, air quality, public health, coastal and ocean impacts, forestry and wildfire trends and projections.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 1:00 PM - Friday, September 15, 2006. An agenda is attached.

WHERE: Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento.

WHY: With heightened interest in global warming, the Energy Commission and CalEPA organized this annual gathering to share scientific research with policy makers, the media, and the public.

WHO: More than 30 scientific researchers are participating in this three-day conference. Conference speakers are leading experts in the many areas of study.

Keynote speakers include Dr. James Hansen, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Dr. Benjamin Santer, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLNL); and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri of the Energy and Resource Institute and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). California Energy Commission Vice Chair James Boyd will offer opening remarks.

    September 13, 2:00 PM
    Dr. James Hansen
    talks on "Is There Still Time to Avoid Disastrous Human-Made Climate Change?"

    September 14, 11:30 AM
    Dr. Benjamin Santer
    talks on "Recent Advances in Detection and Attribution Studies"

    September 15, 12:00 PM
    Dr. Rajendra Pachauri
    talks on "From the IPCC Third Assessment Report to the Fourth: The Relevance of Science"

Institutions and companies represented include: NASA; US Forest Services; National Center for Atmospheric Research; California Energy Commission; CalEPA; University of Florida; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Lawrence Livermore Laboratory; Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon University; University of Florida; UC Santa Cruz; UC Santa Barbara; UC Berkeley; UC Merced; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Applied Geosolutions; Conservation International; ICF Inc; Winrock International; and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

CONTACT: Adam Gottlieb or Bob Aldrich at (916) 654-4989 (work) or (916) 956-2030 (Gottlieb cell).

NOTE: Spanish speakers will be available for interviews.

AGENDA can be downloaded online at: http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/events/2006_conference/

BACKGROUND: The event is by the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program of the California Energy Commission and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). The PIER program supports energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that will help improve the quality of life in California by bringing environmentally safe, affordable and reliable energy services and products to the marketplace.

PIER annually awards up to $62 million to conduct public interest energy research by partnering with organizations including individuals, businesses, utilities, and public or private research institutions. PIER brings new energy services and products to the marketplace and creates statewide environmental and economic benefits.

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