Science, conservation groups call for high-level talks on addressing climate challenges
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Citing damage from intense storms like Sandy, more intense and frequent wildfires and prolonged droughts, a coalition of national groups, including the American Meteorological Society and the American Fisheries Society, are calling for a national, science-based climate summit.
In a Feb. 8 letter to President Bararck Obama, the groups said the summit “would be designed to identify policies and actions that can be taken by each Federal agency and by state and local governments to address the causes and effects of climate change.”
Superstorm Sandy and the great Midwest drought of 2012 may end up costing the U.S. economy more than $100 billion, the groups said. The climate summit could address ways to bolster the emergency response to climate disasters.
“Since technological innovation alone will not be sufficient to fully address climate change, it is important to harness the ability of the natural world to regulate our climate and provide essential services such as filtering air and water, the groups said.
Other groups signing on to the letter include: Society for Conservation Biology, Society for Ecological Restoration, The Wildlife Society and the Ecological Society of America.
A summit should be aimed at advancing specific actions to address:
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
- Coordination of climate adaptation responses
- Protecting carbon stores and climate refugia
- Maintaining benefits of conservation lands
- Balancing alternative energy sources
Read the letter here.
To build more political support in Congress, the AMS is also going to hold climate science day on Capitol Hill (Feb. 27), visiting members of Congress to give them the best possible access to scientific information on climate science when making policy decisions.
The non-partisan event is organized by the Climate Science Working Group and does not subscribe to any particular policy or course of action. The Climate Science Working Group includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, American Society of Agronomy, American Society of Plant Biologists, American Statistical Association, Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics, Crop Science Society of America, Geological Society of America, National Ecological Observatory Network, Society for Conservation Biology, Soil Science Society of America, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and others.