Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles has launched a new Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee to advise the commonwealth on strategies for adapting to sea level rise, warming temperatures, increased incidence of flood and drought, and other predicted effects of climate change.
The Advisory Committee, created by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008, comprises experts from business, academia and nonprofit organizations who will meet periodically and report their findings to the Legislature by Dec. 31.
‘Global climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of this generation, and must be addressed with a multi-faceted approach,’ says Bowles. ‘Gov. [Deval] Patrick has put Massachusetts well on the road to achieving job one in this equation: transitioning away from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy. This advisory panel will address another key aspect: how the commonwealth can best adapt to the changes that climate change has already set in motion.’
The panel includes members representing the following sectors: transportation and built infrastructure; commercial, industrial and manufacturing activities; low-income consumers; energy generation and distribution; land conservation; water supply and quality; recreation; ecosystem dynamics; coastal zone and ocean; rivers and wetlands; and local government. The committee also includes experts in public health, insurance, forestry, agriculture and public safety.
A second advisory committee was created by the Act earlier this spring to create measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote jobs and economic growth through a clean energy economy.
SOURCE: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs