Climate Change Underlies Middle East Unrest

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Prolonged drought and attendant economic havoc set the stage for regional unrest in the Middle East warned Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy at a town hall organized by YCEI at Yale on Friday. With him to discuss how New England can mitigate and respond to the effects of climate change was an all-star panel of regional officials: COO of the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding task force Marion McFadden, the deputy commissioner of energy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Katie Scharf Dykes, along with Professor Kerry Emanuel from MIT, and Yale Professors Ron Smith and Alexander Felson on a panel moderated by Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of Yale’s Project for Climate Change Communication. 

Senator Murphy announced support for a proposal by YCEI Director Mark Pagani to work with the University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts and MIT to develop high-resolution climate model simulations using projected CO2 trends to evaluate the probable range of regional temperature and hydrological projections for the Northeast over the next 100 years. Intended outcomes include applying climate results to assess changes in regional ecology, agriculture, disease vectors, storm frequency and intensity, as well as the development of mitigation and adaptive strategies for Yale University and surrounding communities.

The New Haven Register reported on the Town Hall in a story you can read here: ​http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20130913/lawmakers-academics-pond…