UCAR and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) have formed a partnership to bring scientists and their local communities together in significant discussions on climate change. The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on September 27 provides an excellent moment to engage the public with information about the findings of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR-5). As the full report is rolled out over coming months, a network of scientists from UCAR universities, NCAR/UCAR/UCP, and other organizations will be formed to share information. Some of you are already being called upon to give presentations to lay audiences, stakeholders, the media and policy makers -- and we hope that all of you (!) will want to engage friends and family in well-informed discussion of climate change issues.
Two excellent web resources have just been unveiled that contain information on the IPCC, the AR5 Working Group I release, and the media response. The IPCC Summary for Policymakers, as well as several very useful fact sheets, can be found at http://www.climatechange2013.org/. Please also see www.climasphere.org, a new UNF-sponsored website that includes statments on the science by policymakers, daily news stories from around the world, and graphics on different aspects of climate change.
For more information, and/or to submit your name for inclusion in the communications network as it is developed, please contact Cindy Schmidt who is coordinating this effort.