Climate Change Overview

Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years).

Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather within the context of longer-term average conditions.

Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions. Certain human activities have been identified as primary causes of ongoing climate change, often referred to as global warming.

There is no general agreement in scientific, media or policy documents as to the precise term to be used to refer to anthropogenic forced change; either "global warming" or "climate change" may be used.

Climate Change & Public Policy Day

Theme: “How to better address global warming of 1.5°C?”
Day: Monday November 26, 2018 or Thursday December 12, 2018
Time: 8 am to 8 pm
Place: George Mason University, Fairfax,VA on Top Floor of the Hub
Virtual:   VT, UVA, VCU


8 to 9 – Poster Session
in Hub Ballroom (view throughout day)

9 to 12 – University Presos/Q&A
Professor Jagadish Shukla starts by talking about GW report – 10 minutes max preso and 30 minutes for panel Q&A, audience, other VA universities, and YT Live chat
… Lovejoy et al similar presos and Q&A
Livestream to public & video conference to Tech, UVA, and VCU

1 to 4 -Government Presos/Q&A
Senator Mark Warner keynote 10 to 20 minute followed by Q&A then other Gov’t presenters

9 to 12 and 1 to 4-  Charette
Students led by faculty members at table… focusing on developing policy recommendations

5 to 8 – Celebration of Planet Earth

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