Town Hall Meeting on Climate with Senator Chris Murphy
Hosted by Yale Climate & Energy Institute
Friday, September 13, 2013, 2-4pm
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, Yale University
How will global warming affect New England in the 21st century and how is the region preparing for the coming changes? Join us on September 13th, when Yale Climate & Energy Institute hosts a town hall meeting on these questions, featuring short talks by climate and infrastructure experts and a panel discussion with Senator Chris Murphy (D, CT). The meeting will take place at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, in Burke Auditorium of Kroon Hall, on 195 Prospect Street in New Haven.
Global climate models all predict that the Northeastern United States will be particularly vulnerable to short- and long-term effects of global warming. Some of these effects — such as higher-than-average temperature and sea level, as well as more intense and more frequent storms and droughts — are already being felt in the New England area. As we learned from Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy and winter storm Nemo, isolated weather extremes riding on gradual trends can be extraordinarily damaging. A 2011 report by the American Security Project estimated that failure to mitigate or plan for what is likely to become the new normal could result in the loss of 100,000 jobs and $22 billion from the regional economy between 2010 and 2050.
Coarse global climate models indicate the overall direction of change, but much more detailed regional climate, economic and land-use models are needed to assess how global warming will affect New England, county by county, in the 21st century—and to create prudent and effective policies and plans for dealing with the coming changes.
Join us for a discussion of these topics with panelists:
– MODERATOR: Anthony Leiserowitz, Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
– Senator Chris Murphy, United States Senator for Connecticut
– Marion McFadden, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
– Katie Scharf Dykes, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
– Kerry Emanuel, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
– Alexander Felson, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale School of Architecture; Director, Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory
– Ronald Smith, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale Center for Earth Observation