Events - 11 Sep 17

Critical Role of Climate Change Litigation & Opportunities for Public Health

Research on all climate litigation from 1990 to 2016 explores the critical role of the judiciary in climate policy, especially in the context of current political affairs. Based on extensive qualitative and quantitative investigation, we identify who’s winning and losing, why, and how, as well as how the public health community can be playing a role.

Speaker:

** Sabrina McCormick, PhD, MA; Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health; Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW

All are welcome – A light lunch will be provided following the seminar.

Event Contact: eohdept@gwu.edu or 202.994.1734

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How Can Cities Become More Resilient to Extreme Weather?

Mayors are on the front lines when natural disasters and other catastrophic events threaten lives and property. The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing about what cities throughout the United States are doing to protect their communities by investing in resilience. Infrastructure dollars are only part of the story. Equally important is funding for planning that accounts for new weather patterns with more severe impacts than we’ve seen in the past and preemptive action to keep people and structures safe and functional. Coordinating land use; updating building codes; and strengthening social networks, lifelines and communications are just a few examples. These investments are resulting in additional community benefits: lower monthly expenses for households, businesses, and the city itself; the protection and restoration of natural resources; and local economic growth and job creation.

The United States is experiencing more heat waves, more heavy downpours, more floods, and more droughts, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment. Tropical cyclones cause the most damage—more than $580 billion since 1980, followed by droughts ($232 billion), severe storms ($200 billion), and inland flooding ($118 billion). More than 9,600 Americans have lost their lives in the 212 largest weather disasters since 1980. Certainly the enormous disaster in Texas is weighing heavily on the hearts of Americans across the country.
This briefing’s speakers will showcase some of the concrete, actionable steps their cities are taking to reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather and the costly and deadly impacts of these events, and share lessons learned.

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