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Climate Change Events Archives

Climate Change Solutions and Implementation

Seminars: January through May, 2008

A seminar series to explore the policy, science and business driven by needs to address climate change, and how that will transform funding, green innovation and academics. Schedule of speakers at

Climate Change 101 in Sacramento

Seminars: January through June 2008

If you are a state agency employee, legislative staffer or interested citizen who wants to better understand climate change, then UC Davis has a lunch invitation for you. This winter and spring university experts will travel to downtown Sacramento to teach you what they teach their students on campus about the science, technology and policy aspects of climate change, and its impacts on California. The seminars are free. Lunch will be provided at a low cost. Discussions will follow each talk. Perhaps best of all: No quizzes!

UC Davis will present the 12 talks on alternating Thursdays through June 19 at noon in the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) building, 1001 I St., Sacramento. Although the topics will be presented in a logical sequence, each talk is intended to stand on its own, and missing one or more will not detract from understanding the others. A detailed schedule of speakers and topics is online at:

Global Climate Change and Your Backyard

Conference: Friday, May 30, 2008 Saturday, May 31, 2008

The California Center for Urban Horticulture will host the CA&ES Global Climate Change and Your Backyard Conference on Friday and Saturday, May 30–31, 2008. Conference highlights include a panel discussion moderated by Ira Flatow, NPR’s science correspondent and host of Talk of the Nation. The keynote address will be given by Katy Moss Warner, president emeritus of the American Horticultural Society. Conference topics will investigate the impacts of global climate change and its relationship to horticulture and the urban forest. The $150 general admission conference registration fee includes admission to the event, parking, and lunch on both Friday and Saturday. Admission for UC Davis Arboretum members and master gardeners is $125. Please register by Monday, May 19, 2008, at

Public talk: Methane From Melting Arctic Lakes

Seminar: Thursday, March 6, 2008

Katey Walter, a 2000 master's degree alumna of the UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology, will speak on campus on Thursday, March 6, about an emerging concern in climate-change studies: methane emissions from Arctic lakes. Walter, now assistant professor of limnology, water and environmental research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, is one of the first people to calculate the methane bubbling out of melting lakes. "The carbon that the bacteria are eating has been locked up in the permafrost, in the freezer, for tens of thousands of years. And today with climate change, as more of this permafrost is thawing, you're defrosting that meal for the bacteria," she told National Public Radio listeners last year. Walter's talk is set for 4:10 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Room 1100 of the Social Sciences and Humanities Building. Members of the public are welcome; the talk is free.

Climate Law

Symposium: February 29, 2008

The UC Davis Environmental Law Society and the Journal for International Law and Policy will co-host a symposium for lawyers, professors, professionals, law students and graduate students on the future of international environmental law and climate change. The symposium will be held 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Wilkins Moot Courtroom of King Hall at UC Davis. Public information:

A New Kind of Environmental Politics

Presentation and Book Signing: February 27, 2008

UC Davis graduates Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus wrote an article three years ago calling for "the death of environmentalism" and the birth of a new movement based on a new kind of politics, one focused not on limits or complaints but on aspirations and possibility. In 2007, they wrote a book, "Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility." Now they are back on campus for a presentation and book signing hosted by the John Muir Institute of the Environment. The free, public event, "Breakthrough Politics for Global Warming," will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 3001 of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building. Public information:

Tax Reform in a Time of Warming

Conference: February 27, 2008

Two UC Davis professors are on the program of a half-day conference that examines the California tax system, which was largely fixed in place during the Great Depression in an industrial economy unconcerned with environmental sustainability. Economist Steve M. Sheffrin, dean of social sciences, will discuss "The Implications of the New California Economy for State Revenue Policy." Christopher Knittel, associate professor of economics, will discuss "Using Carbon/Environmental Taxation to Meet AB32 Global-Warming Goals." The conference is hosted by the New America Foundation and the University of California Center in Sacramento. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CSAC Conference Center, 11th Street between J and K, Sacramento.

Focus the Nation UC Davis

Special Event: January 31, 2008

Focus the Nation is an all day "teach-in" on global climate change solutions that will be held at hundreds of institutions across the nation on January 31, 2008. Focus the Nation UC Davis will focus on personal and societal responses that offer commitment, leadership, and technical and economic solutions to the challenges posed by climate change. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community will gather to learn, ask questions and challenge assumptions about climate change solutions. More information at

Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference

Conference: November 7-9, 2007

The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference in Sacramento will focus on understanding the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations and using that knowledge to help accelerate our transition to an energy-efficieny and low-carbon economy.

ARB Global Warming Environmental Justice Advisory Committee Meeting

Meeting: October 29, 2007

The public meeting notice and agenda for the Global Warming Environmental Justice Advisory Committee has been posted at: The meeting will be held on October 29, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Coastal Hearing Room, 2nd floor of the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building, located at 1001 I Street in Sacramento, CA. This meeting will be webcast and can be viewed the day of the meeting at: For further information, please contact the Committee Liaison, Johnnie Raymond at (916) 324-7901, or via email at:

Facing the Hard Truths About Energy

Presentation: October 29, 2007

Representatives from the National Petroleum Council will present their comprehensive global energy study: Facing the Hard Truths About Energy: A Comprehensive View to 2030 of Global Oil and Natural Gas @ the California Energy Commission in Sacramento.

UC Davis Campus Sustainability Day

Special Event: October 24, 2007

National webcast, campus sustainability video, vendor fair, farmer's market and more. Visit for more information.

Carbon Offsets as a Tool for Climate Change Policy: A Workshop Examining their Role

Workshop: October 24, 2007

This event, in San Francisco, will give participants the opportunity to get an insiders view of what climate change rules and other developing policy activities mean to key markets. Speakers from utilities, government, private sector, and climate policy organizations include U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, CPUC President Mike Peevey, and AB 32 Market Advisory Committee Chair Winston Hickox. More

Sacramento Region Clean Energy Showcase and UC Davis Innovation Access Entrepefest

Event: October 11, 2007

There’s a new kind of energy transforming the tech industry in the Sacramento region — clean energy. This is not a bubble, but a real long-term play. Progressive state policies are positioning California as a world leader in climate change strategies — and Sacramento is poised to be recognized as the clean-energy capital of California.

Join CleanStart at the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Cente as we explore our region’s exciting initiatives and rapidly developing accomplishments in growing a vibrant clean-energy business sector. More information at

Climate Change is Energy Policy

Conference: October 10-11, 2007

You are invited to attend the Business Council for Sustainable Energy Fall 2007 Conference, Climate Change is Energy Policy: Opportunities to Reduce Emissions and Accelerate Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency. The conference occurs at a critical time as California pursues leading edge initiatives for climate change regulation. Take this opportunity to get an "insiders view" of what these rules and other developing policy activities mean to key markets. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of clean energy issues, connect with leaders in policy and business and add your voice to these critical energy policy debates.

Implications of Climate Variability for Groundwater Resources and Waste Disposal in Semiarid Regions

Seminar: October 5, 2007

Dr. Bridget Scanlon (University of Texas at Austin, Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecture) will speak on "Implications of Climate Variability for Groundwater Resources and Waste Disposal in Semiarid Regions—A Look at Ecological Controls from Annual to Millennial Timescales." Friday,, Oct 5, 4-5 pm PES 3001

Global Warming: Changing CO2urse

Series: October 2007

October: Join the discussion on Global Warming: Changing Co2urse. Evenings in October in Kerr Hall. More.

Fourth Annual Climate Change Research Conference

Conference: September 10-13, 2007

The California Energy Commission & California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) are sponsoring the Fourth Annual Climate Change Research Conference at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Global Warming: Changing CO2urse

Series: July 2007

The International Houe is offering a four-session discussion class, Global Warming: Changing CO2urse, on the complexities of global warming and its challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to explore personal responses to climate change and why society has been slow to respond, learn about the history and science of global climate change and new strategies for addressing climate change. Class members will discuss our individual and collective power to shape an effective response to climate change, enabling future generations to meet their needs. The class is scheduled from 7:00-8:30 PM, Mondays, July 2 and 9, Wednesday, July 11, and Monday, July 16. The class is free, although there is a charge of $16 for the required class textbook. The books are available for purchase at I-House for those enrolled in the class. To enroll, call 753-5007, or email:, or drop by International House, 10 College Park, Davis, during regular business hours.

Climate Change Issues Impacting the California Wine Industry and Other Perennial Crops

Conference: July 13, 2007

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science and the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology present "Climate Change Issues Impacting the California Wine Industry and Other Perennial Crops," July 13, 2007, at Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center, University of California, Davis. Participation is limited to the first 150 registrants and there is a $50 registration fee. Contact Patricia Glass ( or 530-754-6349).

Warming Trends in the Tahoe Basin

Seminar: June 6, 2007

Robert Coats (UC Davis) speaks on "Warming Trends in the Tahoe Basin," June 6, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Assembly Rooms A & B at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (Incline Village, Nevada).

Challenges in Conserving Plant Diversity: Endemism, Urbanism and Global Warming

Seminar: June 5, 2007

"Challenges in Conserving Plant Diversity: Endemism, Urbanism and Global Warming" is the topic of Mark Schwartz's presentation at the June installment of the 2007 Environmental Solutions Speaker Series. The talk will be from noon to 1 in 3201 Hart Hall.

Using W.A.G.E.S. (Water, Air Emissions, Gas, Electricity, Steam) to Minimize Climate Change Impact

Event: May 31, 2007

"Using W.A.G.E.S. (Water, Air Emissions, Gas, Electricity, Steam) to Minimize Climate Change Impact," May 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m., The Barn - Large Conference Room. Can state buildings reduce their climate change footprint by managing five critical functions? Glen Lewis, a consulting member of the Governor’s Green Action Team, brings practical enterprise energy & asset management (EEM-EAM) experience to state planning. When EEM-EAM is implemented, UC Davis, other universities, community colleges and state agencies will be asked to participate in meeting comprehensive and holistic Best Practices in energy and environmental management.

Putting the Breaks on Global Warming

Seminar: May 23, 2007

Spencer Quong (Union of Concerned Scientists, Senior Vehicles Engineer) and Dan Kalb (Union of Concerned Scientists, California Policy Coordinator) will speak about 'Putting the Breaks on Global Warming' at the Davis Branch of the Yolo County Library (415 East 14th Street, Davis), Blanchard Room, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

UC Davis Sustainability Summit

Special Event: April 27, 2007

The 5th Annual UC Davis Sustainability Summit is a time to celebrate achivements and efforts in campus sustainability. The keynote speaker this year is Eban Goodstein, project dirctor for Focus the Nation.

Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy

Special Event: March 26 - 30, 2007

The UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship hosts its first Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy at the new Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) in Incline Village, Nevada. At the Academy, science and engineering doctoral students, post-docs and research faculty will spend a week learning to recognize, develop, and bring to market green businesses built on their research.

Partnerships & Legislation: California's Approach to Climate Change.

Conference: February 23, 2007

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) hosts an annual symposium with invited expert panelists to address a current environmental topic that has ramifications for the legal community. This year's Environmental Law Symposium is about "Partnerships & Legislation: California's Approach to Climate Change." The symposium is from 9am-3:45pm at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center.

The Climate Crises

Seminar: February 22, 2007

Ph.D. Candidate Michael Robert, civil and environmental engineering, will speak about 'The Climate Crises' in Wellman Hall Room 230 from 7-9pm on Thursday, February 22.

The Climate Crises: Global warming is real and is accelerating due to the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The effects of our changing climate are numerous and are evident on both global and regional scales. As these impacts continue over the coming centuries, humankind will be required to adapt in order to maintain aviable relationship with the earth. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the near-term is essential to avoid catastrophic and potentially irreversible harm to our planet and to ensure a sustainable existence for future generations. 'The Climate Crisis' summarizes the fundamental science behind global warming, presents current evidence of climate change, investigates future impacts, and discusses solutions for governments, communities, and individuals. Become part of the solution.