Friday, January 11, 2013
by Regina Cline
Disasters--including drought, hurricanes, and wildfires--and the
environment will be the theme of the 13th National Council on Science and the
Environment conference Jan. 15-17 in Washington, D.C. A plenary session Jan. 16
will cover climate change, which some observers say may be exacerbating or
increasing the likelihood and intensity of such disasters.
will feature keynote addresses by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Jane
Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
As detailed in a Jan. 8 article, NOAA released a report earlier this month that
found 2012 was the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States. The
national average temperature in 2012 was 3.3 degrees above the 20th century
average, according to the report, State
of the Climate: National Overview for Annual 2012. Every state in the
contiguous U.S. recorded an above-average annual temperature for 2012.
NOAA also is expected to release a a report in the week ahead on global
temperature and precipitation trends in 2012.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety
and Pollution Prevention will host a webinar Jan. 16 to introduce online calculators designed
to help measure the environmental and economic performance of pollution
prevention measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.
On Jan. 15, the Department of Energy will host a webinar on "Community Renewable Energy Deployment Success
Stories: Developing Photovoltaic Projects with Requests for Proposals and
Purchase Power Agreements." The webinar will feature the experiences of city
officials in Tucson, Ariz., and Minneapolis, Minn., including the pros and cons
of using RFPs and PPAs to promote PV projects.
On Jan. 17, the Sustainability Accounting Standards
Board will hold its first meeting in San Francisco. As detailed in a Jan. 10
article, the board, which is developing standards that
can be used by companies to disclose material sustainability information in
financial filings such as 10-K forms, received accreditation Jan. 8 by the
American National Standards Institute.
The World Resources Institute will hold its 10th
annual "Stories to Watch" event Jan. 15 in Washington, D.C. WRI president and CEO
Andrew Steer will cover topics such as how the Obama administration can
address climate change and energy and which countries are expected to emerge
on the forefront of sustainability.
The U.S. Energy Association will host its ninth
of the Energy Industry Forum" Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C. Energy trade
associations, including the American Petroleum Institute and the American Gas
Association, will present the priorities, issues, trends, and challenges
expected to affect the industry this year.
Bloomberg BNA will sponsor a webinar Jan. 15 on "Current Trends in Corporate
Sustainability Reporting: What Lies Ahead?" The webinar is intended to identify
the development, progress, and trends of sustainability reporting; analyze the
fundamentals of sustainability communications including guidelines and
standards; and look at the future of corporate sustainability.
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