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"After decades of working to limit climate change, it is with a heavy heart that I join a Commission to consider what we do in case we fail to stay within 1.5°C. As impacts for people and planet worsen, so too will the pressure to explore novel strategies. Identifying research requirements, potential risks, and governance challenges is necessary. Continuing to focus on reaching the Paris commitments remains paramount."


President Emerita, Natural Resources Defense Council; board member, World Resources Institute, United States

Frances BEINECKE is President Emerita of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a US based nonprofit environmental with 3 million members and activists that works internationally to curb global warming, protect people’s health, preserve wild landscapes, and foster vibrant and sustainable communities. Using legal and scientific expertise, NRDC works to design, implement and enforce the laws and policies that protect our environment. In 2010, Ms. Beinecke was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She sits on the boards of World Resources Institute (WRI), the NRDC Action Fund, and ClientEarth. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Beinecke is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of the Environment.

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