Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Washington DC Congressional briefing: Climate change and Tropical Forests

Date and Time
Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-456, Washington, DC


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Experts will discuss the negative effects of climate change in the tropical rainforests of Costa  Rica based on decades of monitoring in the region, which reveal marked changes among populations of birds, frogs, bats and other native species, as well as major shifts in the relationship between rainforests and the global climate.

Hosted by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Briefing on Climate Change and Tropical Forests Cosponsored by the Organization for Tropical Studies and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.


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  • Introduction - Office of Senator James Jeffords
  • Tropical Forest-Climate Feedback Loops - Dr. Deborah Clark, Adjunct Professor at U. Missouri-St. Louis
  • The Changing Face of Tropical Rainforests:  Dramatic Shifts in Plant and Animal Composition in Old-Growth Forests - Dr. Elizabeth Losos, President and CEO of OTS Duke University
  • Policy Implications of a Changing Relationship Between Tropical Forests and the Global Climate - Tim Profeta, Executive Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University