The Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works held a hearing on July 18 to discuss the threats posed by climate change. The hearing featured two panels of witnesses who discussed temperature trends, whether incidence and intensity of natural disasters are increasing, and whether action on climate change would be worth the economic costs. The hearing featured no witnesses from the Obama Administration and little discussion on climate policy, although Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced that she plans to hold several more hearings, including one focused on policy, in the fall.