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Global Warming Conference Nov. 19 -20, Albany, NY

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND NEW YORK STATE: Gaining the Competitive Edge

November 19-20, 1998

Omni Albany Hotel
Albany, New York

14th Annual Conference of the Center for Environmental Information, Inc.


In 1992 the President of the United States signed, and the U.S. Senate ratified, the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) sponsored by the United Nations General Assembly. Over 160 countries have become parties to the agreement. The ultimate aim of the FCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere "at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system." The mobilization should be achieved within a time frame that allows ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, ensures that food production is not
threatened, and enables sustainable economic development to proceed.

Drawing on the work of 2500 scientists from around the world, the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in December, 1995, "the balance of evidence suggests that there is a discernable human influence on global climate." Sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme, this scientific assessment has served as the basis for intensive policy analysis and international negotiations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change and New York State: Gaining the Competitive Edge will bring together representatives of all interests concerned with the impacts of climate change on New York State. The goals for the conference are:

- to create awareness of the environmental and economic impacts of climate change on New York State;

- to assess options for mitigation and adaptation to a changing climate;

- to describe existing and emerging strategies for addressing climate
  change in New York State, and

- to establish an ongoing mechanism for communication and dialogue about climate change and New York State.


Thursday, November 19

7:45 a.m. Registration desk open; Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome
William Wagner, Center for Environmental Information

8:35 Greetings
Kathleen Callahan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2

8:45 Introductory Remarks
John Cahill, Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

9:00 Keynote Address: Governor George Pataki (invited)

Session I. Climate Change Essentials
Chair: Theodore Hullar, Director, Center for the Environment, Cornell

9:30 State of the Science
Michael MacCracken, United States Global Change Research Program

10:15 Break

10:45 Economic Impacts
To Be Announced

11:30 The Policy and Political Process
Eileen Claussen, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

12:15 p.m. Lunch

Session II. Climate Change and New York State
Chair: Ross Whaley, President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

1:30 Environmental Impacts of a Changing Climate on New York State Resources: Coastal Zones, Agriculture, Ecosystems, Water and Urban Issues
Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

2:15 Costs to New York State of Reducing Emissions of Greenhouse Gases
Douglas Hill and Samuel Morris, Consultants, Regional Plan Association

3:00 Break

3:30 New York State Options for Mitigation and  Adaptation -
Recommendations from the N.Y.S. Symposium on Economic Development and Climate Change
Kevin Healy, Environmental Law Section, New York State
Bar Association

Representatives of Business, Environmental, Government and Insurance Associations


5:00 Adjourn

Friday, November 20

8:00 a.m. Registration desk open; Continental Breakfast

Session III. Leadership Strategies

8:30 Introductory Remarks
Senator James Seward, Chair, New York State Senate Energy and
Telecommunications Committee
Assemblyman Paul Tonko, Chair, New York State Assembly Energy Committee

9:00 Strategies and Partnerships for Mitigation and Adaptation
William Valentino, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Martin Smith, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
Paul Finnegan, New York Power Authority
Deb Ashley, Xerox Corporation
Roy Wood, Eastman Kodak Company
Robert Stegemann, International Paper Company

10:30 Break

11:00 Emerging Strategies - Agriculture,  Transportation, Local Land Use and Development Planning
David Wolfe, Cornell University
John Zamurs, New York State Department of Transportation
Robert Brower, Cayuga County Planning Department

12:00 p.m. Climate Change: The View from the Hill
To Be Announced

12:30 Adjourn


Early: $125 (postmarked by October 30)
Regular: $160
Government Rate - $65 early,  $85 regular

Fees include admittance to all sessions, registration materials, two
continental breakfasts, one lunch, and refreshment breaks.

Scholarships are available to a limited number of individuals affiliated
with 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.
Those requesting a scholarship should submit a letter explaining their
affiliation, along with the registration form and scholarship fee of $30
(students, $10) Scholarships do not include lunch. Applications must be postmarked by October 30. Notification of scholarship award will
be made by November 9.


CEI has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Omni Albany Hotel, located on the corner of State and Lodge Streets in Albany, New York, for the nights of November 18 and 19. Special room rate in effect for the conference is $99 per night, single or double occupancy. Room reservations should be made directly by calling the Omni Albany Hotel, (518) 462-6611, by October 28, 1998. To receive the special rate, be sure to mention the Center for Environmental Information conference.

Continuing Education Units:

1.1 CEUs will be awarded for satisfactory completion of the
program. A $15 fee for CEU application, processing and award
should be added to the registration fee. The CEU is a nationally
recognized unit of achievement which may be used as evidence of
increased performance capabilities and for job advancement.


Refunds for cancellations received at the Center by October 30
will be made in full. Cancellations received by November 9 will
be charged a 20 percent administrative fee. No refunds
thereafter. Registrants who fail to attend and do not cancel by
the given deadlines are liable for registration fee.
Substitutions are allowed.


Registrations received by October 30 will be confirmed by return


Check or voucher must accompany registration, or charge to
Mastercard/Visa. A $15 invoicing fee should be added to the
registration fee for voucher use. Make checks payable to

Center for Environmental Information

Please mail the registration form with your payment to: Center for
Environmental Information, 55 (F) St. Paul Street, Rochester, New York 14604 (Mastercard/Visa and voucher registrations may be faxed to CEI at  716-262-4156)



United States Department of Energy
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Empire State Development
New York State Adirondack Park Agency
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Department of State
New York State Department of Transportation
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
New York State Assembly Energy Committee
New York State Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee
New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee
New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee
New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials
New York State Association of Counties
New York State Association of Environmental Management Councils, Inc.
New York State Association of Towns
Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation
Consolidated Edison Company
Electric Power Research Institute
Empire State Electric Energy Research Corporation
Independent Power Producers of New York
Keyspan Energy
New York Power Authority
New York Power Pool
New York State Electric and Gas Corporation
Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation
Environmental Advocates
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
League of Women Voters of New York State
National Audubon Society of New York State
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nature Conservancy of New York State
New York League of Conservation Voters
Sierra Club - Atlantic Chapter
Center for the Environment/Cornell University
Columbia Earth Institute/Columbia University
Pace University Energy Project
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Global Climate Change Digest
New York Planning Federation
Regional Plan Association
Environmental Law Section/New York State Bar Association
Empire State Forest Products Association
Environmental Business Association of New York State
Eastman Kodak Company
International Paper Company
Xerox Corporation

Bill Wagner                                         Phone:  (716) 262-2870
Center for Environmental Information   Fax:  (716) 262-4156
Rochester, New York                          http://www.awa.com/nature/cei