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Talk – Paris to Portland: Localizing Global Climate Action

March 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

Kennebec River Ice CutterThis talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required. Please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information.

Speaker: Dr. David Reidmiller, Director, Climate Center, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Just over five years ago, the world ushered in a new era of international climate action with the Paris Agreement. Having led the science and technology negotiations for the United States, Dr. Reidmiller will discuss the conditions that made the monumental Agreement possible and reflect on lessons in climate communication and consensus-building that carried forward through his leadership of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Those global- and national-level efforts have relevance at the local scale, as well. Dave will describe how his experience working to advance climate science policy on the international and federal stages motivated him to move to Maine, where he’s launching the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Climate Center to address regional risks and opportunities in one of the world’s fastest warming areas. By working closely with marine and coastal stakeholders, the Climate Center is poised to accelerate climate solutions throughout the region and serve as a model globally for user-driven climate action.

Dave Reidmiller is the Director of the interdisciplinary Climate Center at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), where he draws across the breadth of the organization to help people, communities, and businesses understand and respond to climate change. A core aim of the Center is to develop and deliver solutions to ensure livelihoods and well-being thrive in a changing climate. Prior to joining GMRI, Dave served in a variety of senior positions for the federal government. As Acting Director of the Northeast and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) with the U.S. Geological Survey, he oversaw a unique partnership between the federal government and university consortia to advance and deliver science to help fish, wildlife, habitat, and people adapt to a changing climate. Before joining the CASC Network, Dave led the Fourth National Climate Assessment as part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he coordinated the work of 300+ volunteer experts from across the country in an effort to understand and address climate risks facing the nation. Dr. Reidmiller has deep international climate science policy experience, as well, having served in the State Department’s climate office for five years during the Obama Administration, where he led U.S. engagement in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was the lead U.S. science and technology negotiator for the Paris Agreement. Dave was also a Fellow in the U.S. Senate where he advised Senator Mark Udall on a range of energy, environment, and public lands issues, as well as a Mirzayan Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He obtained a BA in chemistry from Colgate University and received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.

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March 22, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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ME United States


Mitchell Center
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