Saturday, November 16, 2013

The U.S. Center at UNFCCC

Each year, the U.S. sponsors a U.S. Center site with extensive programming the COP meetings.

The most up-to-date data from satellites, computer modeling, and other cool technology are typically on display on a "Hyper-wall" . 

The images are striking; the scientific messages behind the images can be frightening.

Global Temperature Anomalies Over Time
Ice Flows in Antarctica
The interactive "Science on the Sphere" was used at COP15 in Copenhagen; you can see great programming on one of these spheres at the Nurture Nature Center in Easton.

I am struck by the ongoing denial of climate change that is widely reported on in the media (for instance see vs. the strong data that exists in support of climate change and its impacts world-wide generated by international collaborations and analyzed by top scientists in the U.S. at NOAA, NASA, and within academe.

From the link above:

A new report by Cook et al. (2013) examined nearly 12,000 peer-reviewed papers in the climate science literature; the analysis found that 97% of the papers that stated a position on the reality of human-caused global warming said that global warming is happening and human-caused, at least in part.

The Working Group I section of the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC that was released in September states that it is extremely likely that climate change is being impacted by humans (over 95% confidence).

At each event at the U.S. Center, the facilitator introduces the programming as part of a "public outreach and diplomacy initiative" by the United States.  It is evident that they pride themselves on their extraordinary data and technological capabilities in climate research and clean energy technologies.

The U.S. State Department has an extensive set of reports related to climate change and our country's negotiating positions which have been submitted here at COP19 (see link below).  I wonder how many citizens know about the positions that we take? I encourage you to take a look.

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