The Week Ahead: UN Climate Change Panel Expected to Approve Global Warming Report


The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to approve a report, designed to present the best scientific and economic analysis to government leaders and policymakers worldwide, the week of Oct. 27 during meetings in Denmark.  

As covered in an Oct. 22 Energy and Climate Report article, a draft of the IPCC’s “Fifth Assessment Report” said climate change already is affecting “all continents and across the oceans,” and further pollution from heat-trapping gases will raise the likelihood of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”  

The report is expected to be officially published Nov. 2 in Copenhagen.  

Federal Advisory Meeting on Agenda  

The Clean Air Act Advisory Committee will hold meetings Oct. 28-29 in Alexandria, Va.  

The agenda includes a discussion by Sarah Dunham, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Atmospheric Programs, of proposed rules to control carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.  

Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office Air and Radiation, will also provide an update and discussion of air pollution control programs.  

GEF Council to Meet  

The Global Environment Facility will hold council meetings, including sessions on climate change, Oct. 27-30 in Washington.  

As detailed in a Sept. 23 article, GEF, a public-private financing institution, said it will support developing countries with more than $3 billion over four years for investments in mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects, plus another $30 million leveraged from other sources.  

Solar Development Hearings  

A draft plan on how to streamline the development of renewable energy projects on 22.5 million acres of California desert will be the topic of public meetings Oct. 27 in Lone Pine, Oct. 28 in Ridgecrest and Oct. 29 in Victorville.  

The meetings are being held by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  

As covered in an Oct. 7 article, the draft identifies the most appropriate areas for solar, wind and geothermal projects and specifies ecologically and culturally significant areas that should be protected.  

Five additional meetings on the draft plan are scheduled to be held through Nov. 13.  

EPA to Hold Webinar  

EPA will hold a webinar Oct. 29 on “Climate Resilience: What to Expect, How to Prepare and What You Can Learn from Others.”  

Speakers include Paul Fleming, climate and sustainability manager for Seattle Public Utilities; Michael Craghan, lead  for EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program within the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds; and Kasey R. Jacobs, partnership and outreach coordinator for the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  

Other Energy, Climate Events  

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute will hold a briefing Oct. 30 in Washington on "The Economic and Climate Implications of Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector.”  

Speakers include Amanda Staudt, a member of the National Academy of Sciences board of directors; Elgie Holstein, senior director for strategic planning for the Environmental Defense Fund; David Doniger, policy director and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Michael Obeiter senior associate for energy and climate for the World Resources Institute; and Brent Lammert, vice president of sales for test equipment for FLIR Systems Inc.  

The United States Energy Association will hold an event Oct. 28 in Washington on "Clean Coal Technologies Development in China.”  

The featured speaker will be Ren Xiangkun, vice president of Beijing Sanju Environmental Protection & New Materials Co., Ltd.  

Asia’s Low Emission Development Partnership will hold a webinar Oct 29 on “Energy—Low Emission Development Strategies in Asia: A Regional Overview and Experiences from Thailand.”  

On Oct. 28, the International Energy Agency will release a report, "Africa Energy Outlook." The report will highlight actions the energy sector can take to promote economic and social development in sub-Saharan Africa, with a special emphasis on the role of renewable energy.



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