A number of scientists working within EESA joined corporate and civic leaders from around the world for the September 11-14 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Andrew Jones and Bill Collins addressed attendees of Berkeley Lab’s signature “Science to Action” event at the city’s Exploratorium on September 11.
The Lab co-sponsored this all-day event at the Exploratorium to focus on how research across natural and social sciences is advancing climate action on the ground and how science can continue to support more ambitious action on climate change.
Peter Fiske, director of WERRI at Berkeley Lab, spoke on a panel at an event called The Future of Water. And Margaret Torn spearheaded an affiliate event called The Land-Energy Nexus on Climate Change Mitigation, which featured a number of high-profile speakers such as former presidential adviser Dr. John Holdren. Two hundred participants attended.
Alison Marklein, an EESA Postdoctoral Fellow supervised by Bill Riley, and was selected by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to be one of 12 finalists to participate in the CCST Climate Science Translators Showcase at the the recent Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). The Climate Science Translators Showcase provided an opportunity for chosen masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral researchers hailing from some of California’s top universities and laboratories to practice communicating their science to GCAS attendees in an open-networking setting. Alison spoke on “California Agriculture Under Future Climates,” describing four ways in which California agricultural systems can adapt to climate change, and how certain management practices may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Also as part of the Global Climate Action Summit, Berkeley Lab hosted a half-day tour for select Summit attendees, to expose them to technologies developed at Berkeley Lab which have enabled millions of tons of carbon emission reductions while contributing more than $484 billion of economic value to the U.S. economy. The tour featured a research “toolkit” focused on emerging challenges and solutions.