The Time to Adapt is Now. Matthias Ruth and Douglas Foy Conclude Open Classroom Series on Climate Change

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Climate Change Series: Conclusion



Thu, May 02, 2013 | by Douglas Foy and Matthias Ruth



As we bring our series Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions. to a close, moderators Douglas Foy and Matthias Ruth offer their reflections on the mounting challenges presented by climate change, and the depth and breadth of the solutions that will be required in the coming years.


Brian Helmuth Describes Climate Change on a Hyper-Local Scale

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Mon, Apr 08, 2013 | Cognoscenti | by Brian Helmuth, Larry Atkinson & Pablo Suarez

Even if we drastically cut carbon emissions, we still have to face the realities of a changing climate. So, while we have to think about reducing greenhouse gasses, now and in the future, we also have to begin implementing strategies to adapt to this new world of increasingly extreme and, to some extent, unknowable weather and climactic conditions. We need to adapt our cities, our farms and our way of life. We also need to understand how climate change will impact the plants and animals our ecosystems depend on.

Brian Helmuth, Larry Atkinson and Pablo Suarez discuss ways human society is already adapting to climate change, and some of the challenges ahead.

New journal explores urban climate change

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By Matt Collette | Northeastern News | December 11, 2012

Matthias Ruth, a pro­fessor with joint appoint­ments in the Col­lege of Engi­neering and the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, is the co-editor in chief of a new aca­d­emic journal that takes an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary look at the rela­tion­ship between urban dynamics and cli­mate change.

“We have long thought about changing the global cli­mate problem through global accords—which have had lim­ited suc­cess, at best—and with this journal we want to look back at what cities can do to change cli­mate on their own,” said Ruth, who is editing the journal with Alexander Bak­lanov of the Danish Mete­o­ro­log­ical Insti­tute in Copen­hagen, Den­mark. “Within our own envi­ron­ment, there is so much we can do to impact cli­mate, which is increas­ingly becoming a focus for cli­mate researchers.” Read More

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