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Climate Change Conference to hear top scientists

Media Release
February 27, 2006

Climate Change Conference to hear top scientists

New Zealanders interested in the definitive science on climate change and its effect on the Pacific should register now for one of the most important conferences of its kind ever held in New Zealand.

Early bird registration for the Climate Change and the Governance Conference, 28-29 March at Te Papa Wellington, New Zealand, will close tomorrow. The conference will hear top scientists and consider the importance and urgency of issues raised by climate change and its implications for New Zealand and the Pacific.

Speakers include distinguished geologist and former chair of Shell UK, Lord Ron Oxburgh, who said, in 2004, that he sees "little hope for the world unless carbon dioxide emissions are dealt with”.

Thirty international and domestic climate change experts have already been confirmed for the conference. They include:

Dr David Vaughan, from the British Antarctic Survey,
Dr Kevin Trenberth, Head of the Climate Analysis Section of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research,
Professor Ronald Prinn, Co-Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change,
Hon Simon Upton, chair of the Paris based OECD Roundtable on Sustainable Development.
Kirsty Hamilton, UK based Climate and business consultant
Dr Ralph Chapman, economist, Victoria University School of Earth Sciences.

The Climate Change and the Governance Conference is being organised by the Victoria University Institute of Policy Studies and the School of Earth Sciences.

Registration is available on line ( www.vuw.ac.nz/sog/index.aspx ) or by contacting Liga Rodgers, Conference Works Limited, PO Box 1449, Wellington, Tel : 04 479 8616.

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