Climate Change and Regional Pine Forests

Read about the impact of climate change on the health of regional pine forests in this article, written by Ben Orlove of Columbia University.

Working Group III - IPCC 5th Assessment Update

The recently released Working Group III contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change details mitigation options to limit climate change to less than 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels, and the societal implications of these mitigation policies.

Read more about the report and its implications for climate policy at the New York Times.

SCRiM Summer Scholars 2014

The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) links a transdisciplinary team of climate scientists, economists, philosophers, statisticians, engineers, and policy analysts to answer the question, "What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible strategies for managing the risks associated with climate change?"

The program runs for 9 weeks, starting 2 June 2014. Housing, travel support, and a stipend of $4500 is provided for all participants.

This is a competitive opportunity with a limited number of openings. To apply, please send a single PDF file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. containing a cover letter (briefly explaining your interest in the program and what you hope to gain from the experience), a one-page research proposal, a current CV, transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and contact information for two references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted no later than Monday 28 April 2014 to receive full consideration. Women, members of underrepresented groups, and students from small colleges are especially encouraged to apply.

Internship Posting: Energy Intern

New York City's Regional Plan Association is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual for the position of Energy Intern. The Intern will report to the Associate Planner for Energy and Environmental Programs and will work closely with a staff of interdisciplinary professionals. The intern will conduct quantitative analysis and policy research. Click pdf here  for more information.

Applications due on April 25, 2014

Public Support for Policies to Reduce Risk After Hurricane Sandy

A new study led by Rutgers researchers analyzes a survey of New Jersey residents to estimate public support for seven building and zoning policies that protect coastal communities from storm and flooding risks. The study found that half of the respondents supported at least four of the seven risk-reducing policy alternatives, but obstacles to translating this public support into policy remain. Authors include RCI affiliates Robert Noland and Jeanne Herb, RCI Co-Director Anthony Broccoli, and RCI Associate Director Marjorie Kaplan. Lead author, Michael Greenberg, discusses the study with WHYY and the Huffington Post.