FACTS Austin will take place on November 13, 2015 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center of the University of Texas at Austin: TKUniverse: Eco (TKU: Eco) will focus on self-sustaining micro-communities. From 8:30 am to 12 pm CST
Building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015), FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS) is an event organized by the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States.
In preparation for the United Nations Conference, it seems important to consider the challenge of climate change not only in the context of a shared emissions burden but also as an opportunity to create employment, economic growth and innovative modes of production and consumption. FACTS aims to mobilize French, American, and Canadian public opinion on the issues of the conference and reinforce the dialogue between experts from these countries.
FACTS is a public conference series involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs.
A panel of three French and three American or Canadian figures (panel members to vary in each host city) will discuss climate change issues. A reputable journalist will act as a moderator. All FACTS conferences will be public and covered by the press, taking place in locations of symbolic importance to the worlds of science, the environment, or innovation.
In 2014, seven cities in the United States and Canada hosted a FACTS conference. For the second edition (2015), those events will be traveling in 12 cities across North America and will cover several different topics regarding Climate Change. Please visit the FACTS website to be informed of the schedule of the conferences.
French Ameri-Can Climate Talks Austin - Innovative Applications for Emerging Clean Energy and Water Technologies for Micro-Communities French Ameri-Can Climate Talks Houston - Confronting Climate Change: Policies and Opportunities
Two expert panels will share various views on policy options for confronting climate change. The first panel will focus on the role of regulation in preparing for climate change. Speakers also will explore the changing legal landscape from the perspectives of France and the United States. A second panel will consider how the business industry is positioning itself to address climate change going forward, with a particular focus on the energy sector.
French Ameri-Can Climate Talks Miami - Eyes on the rise: Impact of sea level rise on local communities
With more than 1 300 miles of coastline, Florida is directly concerned by the issue of the sea level rise. Over the past few decades, flooding has increasingly affected the region because of the melting ice. Much is at stake for Miami, as the whole city is built on limestone bedrock, an extremely porous rock that weakens the infrastructure (estimated at $3 trillion) further. Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center on September 28, 2015, the conference will welcome a variety of speakers and panelists to discuss the issue. Local and French scientists and professionals will come together in Miami to explore these effects of climate change.
French Ameri-Can Climate Talks Dallas - Climate Extremes : A Forum on Adaptation & Building Resilience in Texas
Changing climate patterns have had considerable impact in Texas in recent years in the form of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, extreme heat. How are these changes affecting some of the key sectors in Texas as well as the water supply, infrastructure, public resources and vulnerable populations? What are some of the promising strategies that the public, private and non-profit sectors are pursuing to address these problems? What actions can we as individuals take to make a difference? Join us for this urgent and important discussion about climate extremes in Texas.
French Ameri-Can Climate Talks Washington DC - Climate change: innovation and engagement of the private sector
The transition to a new economy with sustainable energy usage and natural resources management requires a concerted and united effort to encourage innovation, North-South technology transfers, and climate change adaptation measures. Financing this global transition is one of the four pillars upon which the success of COP21 rests.
French Ameri-Can Climate Talks - Can technology halt climate change?
The challenge of global warming is not to be reduced to shared emissions burden. Most importantly, it brings opportunities to create employment, economic growth and innovative modes of production and consumption: a new economy can be shaped by aggressively combating climate change. Can technology innovation accelerate this process?
Martha T. Muse Prize for 2015 Awarded to Valérie Masson-Delmotte
Valérie Masson-Delmotte, paleoclimatologist at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), received the 2015 Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica from the Tinker Foundation on July 1, 2015 for her contributions to the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA) and to the study of ice cores that are over 800,000 years old. These ice cores are the only climatic archives that enable direct reconstitution of the atmospheric composition of that time, especially regarding greenhouse gases. The study of ice is also a way to determine past temperatures.
French Ameri-Can Climate Talks - Climate-Smart Agriculture: Innovation and Resiliency
This conference about how climate change affects the agriculture and its economy aims to engage the North Carolina State community and stakeholders in the Triangle and Southeast region of the United States to enhance public awareness of the interconnectedness of Climate and Agriculture to advance greater understanding of economic, environmental and societal impacts as well as opportunities for innovation, adaptation and solution-driven approaches.
French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS - Climate Change : Effects on Health and the Quality of Life
On June 24, 2015, the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) will be traveling to Denver to hold a conference highlighting climate change’s effects on health and the quality of life from the perspectives of France and Colorado. Held at MSU Denver, the conference will welcome a variety of speakers and panelists to discuss the issue in detail, with a special emphasis on water as well as new emerging diseases. Local and French scientists and professionals will come together in Denver to explore these effects of climate change, with the goal of bringing public opinion to light.
FACTS Denver is organized by the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate general of France in Los Angeles, the Alliance Française de Denver and One World One Water (OWOW) Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
FACTS Los Angeles: Climate Ready Cities - Taking Action to Mitigate Climate Change and Adapt in Urban Areas
The last step of the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) took place in Los Angeles on November 14th, 2014. FACTS Los Angeles was organized by the Office for Science and Technology, the University of California, Los Angeles, through the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES), and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC).