Climate Change in the Arctic: Global Implications

Feb 23, 2010

Clean Air Carolina hosted a roundtable discussion on February 17 focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing the United States and the international community regarding the rapidly warming Arctic climate.

The special event was organized in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, DC and Clean Air-Cool Planet, an organization working to motivate the public and US policymakers to take action on climate change.

Mecklenburg County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx attended the event and made brief comments.

Climate Roundtable presenters from L-R: Dr. Walt Meier, Dr. Ellen Douglas, Norwegian Ambassador Weggen Strommen, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, and June Blotnick, Clean Air Carolina
Climate Roundtable presenters from L-R: Dr. Walt Meier, Dr. Ellen Douglas, Norwegian Ambassador Weggen Strommen, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, and June Blotnick, Clean Air Carolina

His Excellency Wegger Strommen, Ambassador of Norway to the United States moderated the discussion which included presentations by:

  • Dr. Walt Meier, research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder
  • Dr. Ellen Douglas, assistant professor of hydrology in the Environmental, Earth and Ocean┬áSciences Department at the University of Massachusetts in Boston
  • Rafe Pomerance, a Senior Advisor and Fellow with Clean Air-Cool Planet and former climate policy official with the Clinton Administration.

While North Carolina is far from the Arctic, changes experienced there are harbingers of changes that may affect natural resources, commerce and public health in our region. As a coastal state North Carolina must keep abreast of the latest scientific findings in order to make informed and appropriate policy decisions that mitigate climate change and help us adapt to the changes our coastal communities will face in the future. For a recap of the event, you may download our fact sheet (pdf) highlighting key points. Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and public officials.

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