Massachusetts Confronts Climate Change: Action at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Policy

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is deeply engaged in responding to climate variability through the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 and a Climate Change Adaptation report released in 2011. State officials join MIT faculty for this panel discussing why a strong approach combining mitigation and adaption is so urgently needed, and how Massachusetts is rising to the challenge.


Barbara Kates-Garnick, Undersecretary for Energy, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs


  • Kerry Emanuel, Professor, MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
  • Michael Greenstone, Professor, MIT Department of Economics
  • Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, Director of Planning, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Greg Watson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.