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MI Tech Justice in Transition Series: Connecting Local Climate Impacts with Global Policy Targets
Join Katharine Hayhoe, Atmospheric and Climate Scientist and discussant Sarah Green, Interim Department Chair, Chemistry, presents: Connecting Local Climate Impacts to Global Policy Targets. This forum will discuss how assessing the potential impacts of climate change is essential to setting sound targets that minimize the costs and maximize the benefits of both adaptation and mitigation. Conventional wisdom suggests that impacts are expected to scale with the magnitude of human emissions. However, the relationship between carbon emissions, global temperature, and impacts may be complicated by non-linear responses of the physical system to global forcing as well as by confounding factors such as aerosol emissions and land use change. Here we explore the extent to which projected future changes in a series of impact-relevant metrics scale with carbon-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions and global mean temperature, and hence might reliably be used to distinguish between the impacts of various climate targets.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021, 6:00 PM