Public Support for Policies to Reduce Risk After Hurricane SandyA new study led by Rutgers researchers analyzes a survey of New Jersey residents to estimate public support for seven building and zoning policies that protect coastal communities from storm and flooding risks. The study found that half of the respondents supported at least four of the seven risk-reducing policy alternatives, but obstacles to translating this public support into policy remain. Authors include RCI affiliates Robert Noland and Jeanne Herb, RCI Co-Director Anthony Broccoli, and RCI Associate Director Marjorie Kaplan. Lead author, Michael Greenberg, discusses the study with WHYY and the Huffington Post.
Climate Change and Regional Pine ForestsRead about the impact of climate change on the health of regional pine forests in this article, written by Ben Orlove of Columbia University.
Working Group III - IPCC 5th Assessment UpdateThe recently released Working Group III contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change details mitigation options to limit climate change to less than 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels, and the societal implications of these mitigation policies.
Read more about the report and its implications for climate policy at the New York Times.
SCRiM Summer Scholars 2014
The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) links a transdisciplinary team of climate scientists, economists, philosophers, statisticians, engineers, and policy analysts to answer the question, "What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible strategies for managing the risks associated with climate change?"
The program runs for 9 weeks, starting 2 June 2014. Housing, travel support, and a stipend of $4500 is provided for all participants.
Internship Posting: Energy InternNew York City's Regional Plan Association is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual for the position of Energy Intern. The Intern will report to the Associate Planner for Energy and Environmental Programs and will work closely with a staff of interdisciplinary professionals. The intern will conduct quantitative analysis and policy research. Click here for more information.
Applications due on April 25, 2014