Climate Change Issues Update 2018 Conference
This will be the fourth in a series of public programs on selected global warming and climate change issues organized by the Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative, a project of the West Virginia conservation group Friends of Blackwater, cooperating with the West Virginia University College of Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, with support from the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation.
Conference attendees will hear and discuss presentations from experts about recent climate change developments, issues, and best practices. Scroll down to see currently scheduled speakers and a summary of current conference topics.
The program will be held from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the West Virginia University College of Law Event Hall, Evansdale Campus, Morgantown WV. Free parking onsite.
Conference registration is FREE and includes a buffet luncheon from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM.
Persons planning to attend this event should promptly RSVP using the form at the bottom of this page, and they will be sent a confirmation e-mail. Attendees must also register online with the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development. A link to the Center’s online Conference registration page will be sent as soon as the page is active.
For more information, contact Conference Coordinator Logan Thorne, 304-657-5455 [email protected]; or Friends of Blackwater, PO Box 247, Thomas WV 26292 304-345-7663, [email protected]; or Thomas Rodd, Project Director, 304-541-4494, [email protected]
Please scroll down to see the currently scheduled conference speakers, a description of current conference topics, and the form to RSVP.
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P.S. For more information on Friends of Blackwater's Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impacts Initiative, click here.
Lindsey BeallDoctoral candidate at George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications
Amy HesslGeographer and paleoclimatologist at WVU
Brandi GaertnerDoctoral candidate in hydrology at WVU, faculty at Alderson Broaddus University
Andrew WilliamsEnvironmental Defense Fund Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Climate and Energy
Joshua FersheeProfessor and Associate Dean, WVU College of Law, Center for Energy and Sustainable Development
Zachary BarkleyMethane Researcher, Penn State University
Kenneth DavisProfessor of Atmospheric Science, Penn State
Kurt WaltzerManaging Director, Clean Air Task Force
Tina CartwrightAssociate Professor at Marshall University and Science Specialist with Cabell County Schools
Michael SvobodaProfessor at George Washington University, contributor to Yale Climate Connections project
Jim ProbstSmall business owner, State Coordinator, Citizen's Climate Lobby
Evan HansenPresident, Downstream Strategies
Climate Change Communication
Families and communities want to talk honestly about their climate future. Students and teachers want to learn and teach about climate science and policy choices. Businesses want to encourage customers to make climate-friendly choices. Advocates want to build political support for climate solutions. Political leaders and constituents want to communicate about climate issues. Expert presenters and group discussion will examine what we know and don’t yet know about climate communication – and how we can discover and implement the knowledge we need.
Controlling Methane Emissions
Experts agree on the importance of controlling atmospheric methane emissions from natural gas leakage. The World Resources Institute estimates that limiting methane leakage to one percent or less of total natural gas production will ensure that natural gas is less climate-intensive than substitutes such as coal, diesel fuel, and gasoline and can provide immediate and permanent climate benefits. Citizens, scientists, public agencies, and businesses must play an informed role in controlling natural gas emissions. Expert presenters and group discussion will address the technical, legal, financial, regulatory, and political aspects of this important issue.
Putting a Price on Carbon
Bipartisan efforts recently enacted a substantial federal tax credit for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (“CCUS”) – creating a potentially transformative market-based financial incentive for technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Bipartisan groups are also supporting revenue-neutral carbon “fee and dividend” plans that would reduce carbon pollution and return the proceeds to citizens. Expert presenters and group discussion will address using financial incentives and market-based systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar Power and Mineland Reclamation
Incentives and opportunities are growing for commercial-scale solar energy projects on former coal mining sites in Appalachia. Jobs, environmental reclamation, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions are the benefits - but what are the obstacles, and how can they be overcome? Experts will discuss how communities, political leaders, and regulators can seize this opportunity for the long-term benefit of the region and the climate.