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“Climate Change Adaptation: Challenges for California and the World”

Professor William Collins, UC Berkeley/LBNL; Kate Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • “Climate Change Adaptation: Challenges for California and the World”
  • 2019-05-15T12:00:00-07:00
  • 2019-05-15T13:00:00-07:00
  • Professor William Collins, UC Berkeley/LBNL; Kate Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
May 15, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Climate change is already posing significant challenges to California's vibrant social and natural environments.  The climate community is very confident that temperatures and sea levels will  increase and snowpack, a critical source of potable water, will decrease over the 21st century.  Increases in heavy precipitation events, droughts, and areas burned by wildfire appear likely as well.   In the absence of adaptation measures, these changes will stress many sectors of California's economy, the 5th largest in the world, and will place undue hardship on its people and ecosystems.  Professor Collins summarizes the latest projections for these changes from the 4th California Climate Assessment, and reviews the most recent options for safeguarding California from its official climate adaptation strategy. Director Gordon will discuss the current policy landscape around climate adaptation and resiliency in California. She will also discuss the intersection between climate adaptation and other critical issues, such as housing affordability and access to transportation.

William Collins is an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change Collins Photoscience. His personal research concerns the interactions among greenhouse gases and aerosols, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change. At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Dr. Collins serves as the Director for the Climate and Ecological Sciences Division. At the University of California, Berkeley, he teaches in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and directs the new Environmental Resilience. Dr. Collins’s role as Chief Scientist in launching the Department of Energy’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME) program was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award on May 7, 2015. He was a Lead Author on the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of climate change, energy, and Gordon Photoeconomic development. Gordon was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7, 2019. Prior to being appointed Director, Gordon was a Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute, where she oversaw the “Risky Business Project,” focused on quantifying the economic impacts of climate change to the U.S. economy, and also provided strategic support to the Institute’s U.S.- China CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization. She was also a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and an advisor to Duke University’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment.

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