Live from the White House: Fellow Susi Moser Helps Launch National Climate Assessment

Susi Moser at White House

Susi Moser at White House. Still from C-SPAN video.

Fellow Susi Moser contributed to the launch of the 3rd US National Climate Assessment at the White House on May 6. Among a team of over 300 experts, she was Convening Lead Author for the Coastal Zone Development and Ecosystems chapter. The launch was streamed live and recorded by C-SPAN.

On a panel that was asked “What keeps you up at night?” and “What gives you hope?,” Susi first speaks about the combination of climate change impacts and vulnerability of small coastal communities (at 51:30) and then makes a rousing case (at 58:20) for the human spirit as “the most important factor… in getting us onto a different path.”

Susi also speaks further on sea level rise and flooding in this 2-minute video preview of the Assessment:

An article by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) summarizes key conclusions of the Assessment:

Certain types of extreme weather events with links to climate change have become more frequent and/or intense, including prolonged periods of heat, heavy downpours, and in some regions, floods and droughts. In addition, warming is causing sea level to rise and glaciers and Arctic sea ice to melt, and oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide. These and other aspects of climate change are disrupting people’s lives and damaging some sectors of our economy.

These findings underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a healthy, sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.

CNN also covered the National Climate Assessment, offering this 2-minute video summary of impacts by US region. The following morning, the Assessment was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

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One Response to Live from the White House: Fellow Susi Moser Helps Launch National Climate Assessment

  1. The report is FABULOUS! Thank you for your work on it, Susi.

    We rode on its tail wind here in Wisconsin with an all-day “Resilient Wisconsin – Energy, Water and Climate Conference,” with a state-specific report to follow entitled “Climate Forward: Charting a new road map for Wisconsin’s climate and energy future”. The renewables discussion was excellent, as was hearing about the specifics around coal-based electricity for Wisconsin. Pragmatic innovation is at the core, and we talked about friendly competition with Minnesota and Germany as a way to drive toward an 80% reduction in GHGs by 2050. There was overall recognition of adaptive management strategies as the way to kick this into gear. We heard some excellent discussion about storm water solutions and connected local food production to irrigation and groundwater draw in the Central Sands, as well as to the California drought and food freight transportation solutions. Torbjorn Lahti gave the closing remarks – he comes to Madison often and it was fun to hear him sound the drum.

    My favorite part of our conference was a chance to (quietly) honor Grant Abert, a funder of the Donella Meadow Leadership Fellows program. He also helped to fund a project I work on to commercialize native hazelnuts – a crop chosen for its ability to be grown organically, to withstand drought, hold the soil in place during extreme rainfall, provide farmers a healthy income, and become a regionally-produced food with high nutritive value. I presented him with a bowl of locally-produced, roasted hazelnuts for him to taste (and they are GOOD), and then shared them with our afternoon workshop participants. This is what adaptation and mitigation look like, taste like.

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