Climate Change Statement Review

APS formally reviews its statements every five years. As part of that process, the APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) reviewed the 2007 APS Climate Change Statement and the 2010 associated commentary. The results of that review led POPA to revise the statement. Members were asked to comment on the draft earlier this year. POPA reviewed all comments and the draft statement will now be reviewed at the November Council of Representatives meeting before the statement is formally adopted by the Society.
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Background Information

Gray Arrow 2007 APS Climate Change Statement

Gray Arrow APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) format_pdf

Gray arrow Charge to the POPA Subcommittee format_pdf

Gray Arrow POPA Energy & Environment Subcommittee format_pdf

Workshop Documents

Gray arrow Framing Document format_pdf

Gray arrow Complete Transcript format_pdf

Gray arrow Climate Change Expert Bios format_pdf

Statement Review Timeline

November 18, 2007

APS Council adopts Statement on Climate Change.

April 18, 2010

APS Council adopts Climate Change Commentary.

Fall 2013

POPA begins required review of Statement on Climate Change and proposes a subcommittee to initiate the review.

January 8, 2014

The Review Subcommittee convenes a workshop with six climate experts.

February 7, 2014

At the POPA meeting, the Review Subcommittee presents the results of the workshop, which was held to revise the 2007 statement.

June 6, 2014

POPA develops initial draft of a new statement.

October 10, 2014

POPA reports out a draft statement.

February 21, 2015

APS Board of Directors votes unanimously to forward the statement to the APS membership for comment.

April 6, 2015

APS asks members to provide comment on draft statement.

May 6, 2015

Last day for members to submit a comment.

June 5, 2015

POPA reviews member input on the draft statement that may be modified accordingly.

November 15, 2015

POPA presents the proposed statement to the APS Council of Representatives for approval. If the Council votes in favor, the statement becomes the official position of APS.