The Week Ahead: House Committee to Examine the Inner Workings of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


On May 29, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on "Examining the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Process."

Witnesses scheduled to testify include Richard S.J. Tol, economics professor at the University of Sussex; Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University; Daniel Botkin, professor of ecology, evolution and marine biology at the University of California at Santa Barbara; and Roger Pielke, senior research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University.

FERC, NRC to Hold Joint Meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a joint meeting May 28 in Rockville, Maryland, to discuss grid reliability, license renewals for nuclear power plants and dam safety.

As covered in a May 19 Energy and Climate Report article, staff members from both agencies and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) will brief NRC and FERC commissioners.

NERC is an electric industry group that monitors and enforces reliability standards approved by FERC on electric industry participants.

DOE Team to Meet

The Department of Energy's Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) team will hold a public meeting May 27 to discuss petroleum product transmission and distribution issues.

As covered in a May 8 article, the QER team is charged with developing “actionable recommendations” to improve energy infrastructure by addressing vulnerabilities, including climate change, cyber security, physical threats, interdependencies and supply-demand shifts.

The review was ordered by the White House, which has redefined the word “quadrennial” by deciding to break the review into four installments, allowing for one report each year over four years. The first review is scheduled to be released Jan. 31, 2015.

California Energy Commission to Hold Workshop

On May 28, The California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop to explore threats to the state's transportation network posed by climate change.

Topics on the agenda include the impact of sea-level rise on transportation and fuel infrastructure in the Sacramento‐San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay Area, modeling climate impacts and infrastructure planning for the Port of Los Angeles.

GEF to Hold Meetings

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will meet May 25-27 and the GEF Assembly will meet May 28-30 in Cancun, Mexico. The GEF, which was established in 1991, is the main provider of financial aid to developing nations to help them tackle environmental threats, including climate change, deforestation, toxic chemicals, polluted oceans and other environmental concerns.

As detailed in an April 18 article, 30 developed nations have committed $4.43 billion to the GEF, which will be distributed over the next four years. 

Other Climate, Energy Events

Resources for the Future will hold an event May 28 in Washington on "Natural Resources, Ecology and Public Policy: Time for Some Unconventional Ideas? "

Speakers include Jack Bobo, senior advisor for Biotechnology at the State Department; Joel Darmstadter, senior fellow at RFF; Erle Ellis, associate professor of geography and environmental systems at the University of Maryland and visiting associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University; and Roger Sedjo, senior fellow and director of Forest Economics and Policy Program at RFF.

The World Resources Institute will host an event May 29-30 in Washington on "Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-Scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development."

Speakers include Andrew Steer, WRI's president and CEO, and Sean DeWitt, WRI's senior manager for Forest and Landscape Restoration.

On May 28, Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington will host an event on "Financing the Green EconomyChanging the Rules of the Game."

The Women's Council on Energy and Environment will hold an event May 27 in Washington on "What’s in That Thicket? Bioenergy Feedstock Tradeoffs and the Role of Risk Analysis."


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