Young to serve on panel at Washington ‘green economy’ conference

Western Carolina University coastal geology professor Rob Young will join a U.S. congressman and others for a symposium focusing on climate change at “The New Green Economy,” the 10th national conference on science, policy and the environment, which will be held Jan. 20-22 in Washington, D.C.

More than 1,000 attendees are expected for the conference that will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. The conference is organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment, and among the sponsors are UPS, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and several federal agencies.

Young will serve as a panelist for a symposium addressing “Climate Security in an Age of Uncertainty.” Other panelists will be U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee of Washington; Gary Nabhan, research social scientist at the University of Arizona Southwest Center; Joe Romm, editor of Climate Progress; and Todd Baldwin, vice president and associate publisher of Island Press.

Those attending the symposium will hear how climate change could negatively affect the world’s economy, national defense and the energy sector. Last year, Young co-authored a book, “The Rising Sea,” that examines the threat posed by sea-level rise brought about by global warming. “My remarks during the symposium will be related to how we can respond to rising sea levels in a way that will be least damaging to the economy,” he said.

Young, who also serves as director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at WCU, is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on the science of hurricane impacts and coastal management. He testified before Congress several years ago on the use of federal money to rebuild in the most-vulnerable coastal areas of the United States, and he is frequently called upon by the national news media for commentary on coastal management issues.

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