McCormack Speaks

April 10, 2017
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Sustainable Solutions Lab Co-Convenes International Meeting on Climate Adaptation Financing

by the Sustainable Solutions Lab

International Meeting on Climate Adaptation Financing A delegation from the UK joined nearly 100 Boston area experts from academia, insurance, specialized consultancies, city and local government agencies, and other members of the community earlier this month to discuss climate-related challenges that Boston is facing and climate adaptation financing. In partnership with the British Consulates of Boston and Miami and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC), the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston co-convened “Resilient Cities: An Integrated Economic Approach to Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation” at the Boston Society of Architects.

With sea level rise of up to seven feet possible by the end of the century, major storms are likely to cause severe damage to buildings and infrastructure, with neighborhoods such as East Boston and Seaport particularly exposed. UMass Boston has been closely involved with the City’s Climate Ready Boston program, in collaboration with the GRC and the Barr Foundation, working to identify these climate risks, assess the vulnerabilities, and propose solutions.  Continue Reading →

November 2, 2016
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Sustaining Momentum for Climate Action?

by Stacy D. VanDeveer
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance

Participants celebrate Paris AgreementThe last several weeks have seen important actions to curb climate change. Since the historic Paris Agreement on climate change was negotiated in December of 2015, the big question has been about whether governments, cities, corporations, and individuals can sustain political momentum and move from announced agreements to concrete actions. Globally, we have seen several good signs recently.

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