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Timing is everything

Posted by Danny Morris on April 1, 2009

I am only human, and thus have not yet read all 648 pages of Waxman-Markey for myself. For that I apologize. It’s a shame too, because it has a great deal of language dealing with adaptation, which has sort of been my bag here at RFF. It’s appropriate then that our First Wednesday Seminar is all about adaptation. See the announcement below:

Adapting to a Changing Climate:
Reforming Institutions and Managing for Extremes

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Resources for the Future
First Floor Conference Center
1616 P Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

The development of public policy to respond to a changing climate by mitigation has been under way since the 1980s.  The building blocks of mitigation policy rely heavily on a 40-year legacy of research in environmental and regulatory economics that informs our understanding of emissions and performance standards, cap-and-trade permit systems, and emissions taxes.  The development of comparable policies designed to enhance adaptation to climate change has received less attention. Here, little opportunity exists to draw upon well-tested regulatory tools.

Our panel will focus on the challenges of crafting “adaptation policy” as a component of U.S. actions to respond to climate change. Panelists will first summarize the state of knowledge about likely effects of climate change on environmental and natural resources, including freshwater, marine resources, terrestrial ecosystems, and built infrastructure. Discussion will then turn to priorities in policy design— with emphasis on reforming institutions and managing for uncertain climate extremes.


Molly Macauley, Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Programs, Resources for the Future

Panelists include:

Alan Covich, Professor of Ecology, and former Director of the Institute of Ecology, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia

Richard Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

James Neumann, Principal, Industrial Economics, Inc

Steven W. Running, University Regents Professor of Ecology, University of Montana, Missoula

James N. Sanchirico, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis; and University Fellow, Resources for the Future

This is a pretty smart panel, and I doubt you’ll find a more sophisicated discussion of adaptation anywhere else right now. Check it out on webcast here.

NOTE: Just because the blog has no association with RFF, doesn’t mean we can’t link to its events. As coincidence would have it, it’s hosting an event about which I like to blog. Sometimes, life can be serendipitous.

One Response to “Timing is everything”

  1. Econ said

    Well, this one tomorrow

    is also not bad. Plus, clearly the better location.

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