Insider Podcast

What’s better than an evening with three tenors? Lunch with three climate scientists!

A newly released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that no place on earth has escaped the impact of climate change; that additional warming could threaten crops and food security; and that humans and other species have no choice but to adapt.

EDF recently hosted a lively conversation with three top climate scientists about the reality, the risks—and what needs to happen now.


Steven Hamburg, Ph.D.
EDF Chief Scientist

Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D.
Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University

Stephen Pacala, Ph.D.
EDF Trustee; Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director,
Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University

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Does the future of the Amazon rain forest lie in California?

Cutting and burning trees—particularly tropical rain forests—adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the world’s cars and trucks combined. Our goal is to slash carbon emissions by making sure that trees are worth more alive than dead.

For 10 years, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has supported the Kayapo Indians’ efforts to protect their Amazon rain forest home—the subject of this month’s National Geographic cover story. Join us to hear how EDF and partners are working to shape climate policies in California and around the world that will reward tropical forest countries for reducing deforestation.

Nat Keohane, EDF Vice President, International Climate

Steve Schwartzman, EDF Director, Tropical Forest Policy
Derek Walker, EDF Associate Vice President, U.S. Climate and Energy

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Special Insider Briefing: Friday, October 30th

Fred Krupp
, President
Steve Cochran
, Director, National Climate Campaign

Getting Climate through the Senate

Following our victory in June, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act, we are now fully engaged in the push to reach sixty votes in the Senate.  We’re up against opponents who are tougher, more partisan, and better funded than ever.

With that in mind, Environmental Defense Fund partnered with others to create Clean Energy Works, an unprecedented coalition of more than 60 environmental, civil rights, faith, labor, and veterans organizations working together to pass climate legislation.

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USCAP Congressional Briefing and Announcement

Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2009, 4:00 p.m. EST

David Yarnold, Executive Director
Mark Brownstein, Managing Director of Business Partnerships
Elizabeth Thompson, Legislative Director

Listen to breaking news regarding the U.S. Climate Action Partnership—news that we believe could be a game-changer in Environmental Defense Fund’s efforts to pass strong and effective climate change legislation.

United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) is a group of businesses and leading environmental organizations that have come together to call on the federal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Road to Copenhagen: Countdown to a Global Climate Agreement

Monday, December 15, 2008 – 1pm ET

David Yarnold, Executive Director
Peter Goldmark, Program Director, Climate & Air
Jennifer Haverkamp, Managing Director, International Policy & Negotiations

More than 10,000 participants from over 190 countries gathered in Poland to continue to lay the groundwork for the next global climate agreement. Environmental Defense Fund had a strong delegation there, with staff from both our international and national climate teams. Read our blog.

How is the new political climate in the U.S. affecting international negotiations on climate change? What will be the impacts of the global financial turmoil on the global warming dialogue? Hear the inside story on what happened at the Poland talks and to discuss the implications for the ongoing global negotiations.

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Where Do We Go From Here? The New Politics of Climate Change

President-elect Obama is committed to taking action on Climate Change, but there are many competing priorities on the agenda. It will be a heavy lift, but at Environmental Defense Fund, we see an opportunity of a lifetime to address global warming in ways that will benefit the environment AND the economy.

Date: Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, 1:00 p.m. EST

Fred Krupp, President
Steve Cochran, Director, National Climate Campaign

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