BIDDEFORD — Carole LeBlanc, Ph.D., adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, recently published two books on climate change.

The books, “Demystifying Climate Risk,” volumes I and II, are distillations of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk hosted by LeBlanc in Wells in October 2016. The first book covers environmental, health and societal impacts while the second book focuses on industry and infrastructure.

LeBlanc’s premise is that long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. The 1987 Montreal Protocol, the world’s most successful treaty for atmospheric protection, is now in support of some of the agreement’s key emission reduction goals. It was time for the seasoned leaders who implemented the protocol to share their knowledge and wisdom with the next generation before that expertise was lost.

The purpose of bringing these communities of practice together was to leverage the many successes to date to inspire future innovations through lessons learned; ensure that new or updated regulations are timely communicated and economically executed; and identify opportunities for related sustainable development.

The Second Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk was held Oct. 25-26, in Kennebunk. Highlights of that event include keynote speaker and Nobel Prize recipient, Donald Wuebbles, Ph.D. Efforts to publish the results of this workshop are currently underway.


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