Business and Climate Change and Urban Adaptation to Climate Change are Topics of March and April Bi

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Climate change’s implications for business and the steps that urban areas are taking to adapt to climate change are the topics of the March and April lectures in the yearlong Bioeconomy and Climate Change Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the MAES. The series is intended for all people working on climate change, both at MSU and outside the university.

On March 22, Björn Stigson, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development , will discuss climate change and business. Stigson provides advice to the Chinese government, the Dow Jones sustainability indexes, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Global Reporting Initiative.Bjorn Stigson


His talk is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. in Parlor C of the MSU Union. A reception follows.

On April 15, Cynthia Rosenzweig, senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and head of the Climate Impacts Group, will talk about how she joins impact models with climate models to predict future outcomes of both land-based and urban systems under altered climate conditions. Rosenzweig has led large-scale interdisciplinary regional, national and international studies on climate change impacts and adaptation and is a co-chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change. She was a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report’s observed changes chapter.Cynthia Rosenzweig

Her talk is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. in Parlor C of the MSU Union. A reception follows.

Reminder: Richard Schmalensee, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss renewable energy policies on March 4 as part of the lecture series.

The lecture series is organized by Thomas Dietz, MAES sociology scientist, and Jinhua Zhao, MAES economics and agricultural economics researcher.

There is no charge to attend the lectures, but attendees are asked to preregister. For more information or to RSVP, visit the lecture series’ web site.

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