Stanford University

Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event "The 2009 EPA Endangerment Finding: Even Stronger Evidence in 2018"

Friday, Sep 14, 2018 8:30 AM
San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event "The 2009 EPA Endangerment Finding…
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring together leaders from state and local governments, business, and citizens from around the world, to demonstrate how the tide has turned in the race against climate change, showcase climate action taking place around the world, and inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments. The goal of the Summit is to demonstrate how much progress has been made on climate action since 2015 and how more is needed.

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will be hosting an affiliated event featuring a discussion among experts about the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) known as the Endangerment Finding. In December 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released official findings indicating six types of greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare. This “Endangerment Finding” is an essential component of the legal basis for regulating greenhouse gas emissions as air pollution under the Clean Air Act, providing foundational support for important aspects of U.S. climate policy.

Recently, speculation that EPA may revisit the Endangerment Finding has been widespread, even though the legal basis for the finding has been robust. This event assembles a panel of scholars to review how the strength of the scientific evidence for endangerment has grown since 2009. Leading experts in the science of climate impacts will discuss how this new evidence lends increased support to the conclusion that these gases pose a danger to the public health and welfare. Newly-available evidence (1) strengthens the association between risk of some of these impacts and anthropogenic climate change; (2) indicates that some impacts or combinations of impacts have the potential to be more severe than previously understood; and (3) identifies risk of additional impacts through processes and pathways not considered in the endangerment finding.

The program includes breakfast, brief presentations on key elements of the Endangerment Finding, and moderated discussion.


Marshall Burke, Stanford University
Noah Diffenbaugh, Stanford University
Sherri Goodman, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
David Lobell, Stanford University
Chris Field, Moderator, Stanford University

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