Demystifying Climate Risk Volume I: Environmental, Health and Societal Implications
This book is a distillation of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk held in 2016 in Wells, Maine, USA. It is organized into three major themes, namely: environmental, health and societal impacts; the special case of Africa; and advances in education.
The volume’s premise is that, long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of human-caused climate change. The 1987 Montreal Protocol is now in support of a key emission reduction goal of the Agreement. It was time for the seasoned leaders who implement the Protocol, the world’s most successful treaty for atmospheric protection, to share their knowledge and wisdom with the next generation before that expertise was lost. The purpose of bringing these communities of practice together is to leverage the many successes to date to inspire future innovations through ‘lessons learned’; ensure that new or updated regulations are timely communicated and economically executed; and identify opportunities for related sustainable development.
Dr Carole LeBlanc is the former Director of Engineering and Research for the United States Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. From 2007–2012, she was the Special Expert on Emerging Contaminants for the US Department of Defense (DoD), where she was awarded a Defense Special Act Award for her part in the formation of DoD’s toxic and hazardous chemicals reduction plan, mandated by Presidential Executive Order 13423. In 1999, she was part of a Massachusetts state team that received the prestigious Ford Foundation and John F. Kennedy School of Government/Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award. Dr LeBlanc was the first American woman to graduate from the doctoral program in Sustainable Development and Management at Erasmus University, the Netherlands. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, USA.
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