Below is a tentative list of subjects the conference aims to address, as of April 12, 2012. Some of these topics will be covered in plenary sessions and panel discussions, others in the context of discussions of other topics.
Consensus versus Debate:
■ What evidence is there of a consensus on climate change?
■ What is the role of consensus in science?
■ The IPCC: Is it still a credible voice in the climate change debate?
Natural versus man-made influences:
■ Multi-decadal climatic oscillations (AMO, PDO etc.) regarding recent temperature changes?
■ Was there a global Medieval Warm Period?
■ What role do cosmic rays play in climate change?
■ What role do solar cycles play on climate change?
■ Land-based Temperature Stations: How reliable are twentieth century temperature reconstructions from such sources as HADCRUT3, GISTEMP, and GHCN?
■ Satellite Temperature Records: Are satellite temperature measurements more accurate than land-based? What do they show?
■ How credible is the Hockey Stick?
■ Longer-term temperature reconstructions: the Holocene Interglacial
■ What physics tells us about sensitivity of climate to CO2 forcing
■ What biology tells us about sensitivity of climate to CO2 forcing
■ Human and natural sources and sinks of Carbon Dioxide
■ Benefits and harms of a CO2-rich world
■ How reliable are the IPCC’s forecasts of future temperature and weather conditions?
■ Do climate forecasts conform with the standards of scientific forecasting?
■ Are forecasts of a 20-year cooling trend credible?
Consequences of Warming:
■ Effects on human health
■ Effects on weather
■ Effects on ecosystems
■ Effects on sea level
■ Effects on agriculture
■ Effects on oceans (“acidification”)
■ Effects on cryosphere (polar bears)
Economics and Policy:
■ How much would it cost to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions?
■ Climate change and nuclear power
■ Climate change and fossil fuels
■ Natural gas rising: Fracking and the new fossil fuel era
■ Wind power
■ Solar power
■ Electric cars and hybrids
■ Adaptation vs. Mitigation: What is the best response to a warming world?
■ Rio+20: What have we learned? Where should we go from here?
■ Status report on existing cap and trade systems
■ How to communicate on climate change
■ The sociology of global warming alarmism and scepticism
■ NASA scientists speak out on global warming
■ EPA’s climate policies
■ Global warming and the presidential election
■ Meteorologists on global warming
■ Climategate II and Fakegate: Scientists behaving badly
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