Conference Session Focuses on Extreme Weather

Metcalf Institute organized a session titled, “ENENPAlogoxtreme Weather: Planning for Risk in a Changing Climate,” for the winter conference of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), held February 8-9, 2013 in Boston.

New England has seen its share of extreme weather in recent years, primarily in the form of major storms that have caused extensive flooding and property damage. The Metcalf session will analyze recent trends in precipitation and hurricanes in the region, explore future impacts of climate change on weather patterns, and learn how the insurance industry is responding to and planning for these extreme events.

In an indication of the timeliness of the topic, the Extreme Weather session, scheduled for Friday, February 8 from 3:45 until 5 p.m. at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, was cancelled due to…extreme weather. Confirmed panelists were scientists Kerry A. Emanuel, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ellen Douglas, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Environmental Earth and Ocean Sciences at University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as Erik Nikodem, property executive for the United States and Canada region of AIG Property Casualty.  Click here to learn more about the NENPA conference.

New Training Programs Help Journalists Cover Climate Change
Metcalf Institute announced last fall that The Grantham Prize would come to a close as The Grantham Foundation shifted its support of the Institute toward efforts that will directly improve news coverage of environmental issues, especially those related to climate change. Building on Metcalf’s 15 years of experience in providing science-based professional development opportunities for journalists, the new initiative will help journalists cover climate change with greater clarity and accuracy in accordance with the Institute’s mission.  The workshops will be offered at journalism conferences around the country, such as the NENPA session, and as stand-alone, regionally focused science seminars held in partnership with local news outlets.

About New England Newspaper and Press Association
NENPA, a professional trade organization, represents more than 450 daily, weekly and specialty newspapers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.

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