The patterns and probability of extreme weather - and its accompanying risks to society and ecosystems - are being altered by climate change due to the buildup of the greenhouse gases. While our ability to project such changes is improving, it remains inadequate at the local level, where most resilience and adaptation planning occurs. Even more troubling, needed action will likely be deferred by the economic and political obstacles that stand in the way of long-term resilience planning.
In late March, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will issue a report by its Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Working Group as part of its Fifth Assessment Report. On April 7, Princeton's Michael Oppenheimer, one of the lead authors of the report, will join SCEPA to discuss New York City's climate plan as an example of both the obstacles and possibilities of long-term planning for climate change.