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Tulane hosts major climate change conference

October 28, 2014

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444
bbronst@tulane.edu

The Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in New Orleans are teaming up with Tulane University Nov. 10 to present one of only seven climate conferences in North America aimed at mobilizing public opinion on the challenges of climate change.

The French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS, also known as FACTS, will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane’s uptown campus. It is the fifth of seven such gatherings in the United States and Canada leading up to the 2015 United Nations Conference of Parties, an annual climate change summit, in Paris.

The conference will feature scientific and policy experts discussing the latest assessments of the impacts of climate change along with the measures and strategies to prepare for those impacts.

“Raising awareness, mobilizing the international community and sharing solutions to cope with climate change is a top priority,” said Gregor Trumel, French Consul General in New Orleans. “And achieving agreement in Paris next year is a major goal for all of us.”

Conference presenters include Donald Boesch, president of the Center for Environmental Science at the University of Maryland; Virginia Burkett, scientific director for climate change at the U.S. Geological Survey; Valerie Masson-Delotte, paleo climatologist at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission in France; Corinne Lepage, former French minister of the environment; Jerome Zeringue, chairman of the U.S. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; and Tulane geology professor Torbjorn E. Tornqvist. Mark Davis, director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at Tulane Law School, will serve as moderator.

“FACTS is about promoting a better understanding of how our climate is changing, why, and what we might do to contend with it,” Davis said. “With the next round of global climate discussions scheduled for 2015, this is the time to get smarter and more serious about what we are facing.”

The conference is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, register here.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu