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September CMOS Ottawa Lunch Meeting: Advances in the Estimation of Economic Benefits of Climate Action

September 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Dr. Elisabeth GilmoreSpeaker:
Elisabeth Gilmore, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University, Worcester, MA.

Advances in the Estimation of Economic Benefits of Climate Action

Estimates of the economic benefits of avoiding climate impacts by reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) are essential for identifying opportunities to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Here, I review approaches for monetizing the physical damages from climate change and how these values are employed for sound policy analysis. I then focus on two examples of advances in modelling these benefits: First, I discuss the co-benefits of GHG mitigation for the improvement of air quality and reductions in human health effects, especially premature deaths. Second, I examine the interactions of sea-level rise and human displacement and the implications for managing retreat from the coasts. These analyses show that taking action on climate change will benefit Canadians and people around the world by avoiding economic damages and saving lives.

About the speaker:
Dr. Elisabeth Gilmore is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy in the Department of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University in Worcester, MA.  For 2019, she is serving as the Visiting Scholar to the Economic Analysis Directorate at Environment and Climate Change Canada.  She is also a Lead Author for the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and holds a Senior Associate Researcher position at the Peace Research Institute (PRIO) in Oslo, Norway.  Dr. Gilmore focuses on developing methods and analysis to translate research to policy, including the use of integrated assessment models for evaluating energy and climate policies; economic, social and security impacts of climate change and climate policies; and benefit-cost analysis of air quality and climate policies for energy and transportation systems in developed and developing countries.  Elisabeth received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto.  She also holds a PhD in Public Policy and Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 12-2pm

Place: Rideau Canal Junior Ranks Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa.  Side entrance, Harmony Room, 4th floor (elevator available)

Cost: $25 non members; $20 members & their spouses; students $10


September 19, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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