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EBC Climate Change Program: Adaptation to Climate Change: What’s the Plan?
November 30, 2011 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Whatever the whys, few doubt that a global warming trend exists.
Whatever the efforts to slow global warming, few doubt that it will cause climate change, ocean rise, increased storm intensities, geographical shifts in water abundance and scarcity and profound impacts on habitats, crops, species distributions and even exterminations.
We already are experiencing the first level of impacts, which project to become stronger at uncertain levels and debatable time frames.
Whatever the time frame, we and our descendents and the eco-system must and necessarily will adapt to the impacts of global warming as they occur.
This EBC program will take these points as given and then address what planning is underway now to prepare for adaptation.
Speakers from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will summarize the EEA’s recent Climate Change Adaptation Report and the activities of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management which focus on assisting coastal communities rethink local zoning, planning and building requirements.
Speakers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US EPA will summarize a variety of agencies’ efforts to support adaptation planning and mitigation measures. In part they will discuss the Presidential Executive Order under which the Council on Environmental Quality is overseeing an Adaptation Task Force and issued a recent report on adaptation efforts by the federal government.
A panel of experts from infrastructure agencies and the consulting community will briefly describe their activities in this arena and then participate with the presenters and program attendees in a moderated roundtable discussion of what is and what should be happening now to prepare for adaptation.