The third annual EBC New England Regional Climate Change and Resiliency Summit will provide cutting-edge and actionable insights into ways in which .. Read more climate change is driving climate resilience work across New England, including the prospects for federal funding to support adaptation and mitigation projects, the key social and economic forces that can be expected to drive accelerated resiliency efforts, and some examples of regional and business-scale initiatives that exemplify response to climate change through adaptation and mitigation. In the morning session, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will provide an up-to-the-minute report on efforts in the US Senate to secure funding to address climate resiliency, with a focus on topics of particular interest to New England. The next presenters will describe the latest in climate modeling tools, projected climate conditions and climate hazards, and how these “reasonably foreseeable” future conditions are changing the legal standards for the design and construction of new buildings and infrastructure as well as the renovation or replacement of existing structures. Other experts will discuss how the insurance and finance industries are responding to the ever-improving modeling and science in terms of understanding and planning for climate risk, and how droughts and other climate impacts in other parts of the country and the world are starting to drive migration patterns that are already bringing new residents to New England. The afternoon session will include two panels of experts on climate resilience efforts in New England. The second panel will focus on how businesses are addressing the imperatives for proactively adapting to climate change profitably, including in coordination with the communities in which they operate.
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