Tired of turning on the TV and finding nothing much of interest? Turn off the tube, then, and try something almost none of your friends are likely to be watching: A webcast of the Summit on America’s Climate Choices, going on right now in Washington D.C. The summit, organized by the National Academies and taking place at the request of the U.S. Congress, is bringing experts from the worlds of science and the U.S. government together to discuss the latest information in what’s happening with the Earth’s climate, and what can be done about it.
A related event will be taking place next Monday. The National Academies of Science and the National Science Foundation are holding a discussion of results from studies conducted as part of the International Polar Year. The afternoon’s talks will focus especially on the latest information about changes in sea ice and sea levels, and their relevance to climate change in general. The event is free and open to the public, so if you happen to be in Washington D.C. at the time, I think it’s worth a look – it will certainly be more worthwhile than anything broadcast on TV at the time.