Climate panel at Yale focuses on local responses

Sep 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Climate Change

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy was one of six climate change experts who sat on a panel hosted by the Yale Climate and Energy Institute on the future of Connecticut and New England in the era of global warming. While the tone of the event was grim, the panelists suggested many possible solutions to mitigating the local effects of climate change, and those in attendance reacted positively.

As the first speaker, Murphy set the bleak tone for the event. He wondered aloud about whether or not the world will have changed unthinkably and irreversibly by the time his young daughters reach adulthood.

“In only a half a decade, all of a sudden, we have come to a consensus that some of our worst fears may be coming true,” he said.

The rest of the panel members ­— who were drawn from a variety of fields related to climate change — echoed his worries. Ronald Smith, Yale professor of geology and geophysics, and Kerry Emanuel, MIT professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, discussed the negative effects of the rising sea levels on local infrastructure and the likelihood of the recent catastrophic weather events indicating a change in climate, respectively.

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