Recent Climate Change Report: Big Takeaways and Regional Impact
Presented by Dr. Fred Lipschultz
Thursday, January 10, 2019 (Lunch)
TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch served; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q&A
TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
The average global temperature is much higher and rising more rapidly than “anything modern civilization has experienced,” according to a new US government report that delivers a dire warning about our future. Thousands more could die, food will be scarcer, and the US economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars — or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP — by the end of the century. Released on Black Friday in November, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was put together by the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), a team of 13 federal agencies. The report breaks down the possible impact of climate change by region and looks at the effects that climate change will have on public health, the economy and the infrastructure. Here in the Northeast, we can expect increases in rainfall intensity, rising temperatures and more premature deaths, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits.
Dr. Fred Lipschultz, Senior Scientist at USGCRP and Regional Coordinator of the Third and Fourth National Climate Assessments, will describe the key takeaways of the study and the actions already taken by Northeastern towns, cities, counties, and states in response to the fast changing climate.
Fred is on assignment from Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to USGCRP. Previously he was on an assignment to NASA from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, where he has been a faculty member since 1989. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University.
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (Includes lunch); $15 Young Dems. $10 Lecture only.