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Climate Change: Its Impact on California’s Cities and Economy

Matthew E. Kahn, Ph.D., Professor, UCLA, and author of Climatopolis:  How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA




California's unique urban quality of life entices millions to live and work here.  But how will climate change impact our quality of life -- and how could it impact California's economy?

What new business opportunities do these anticipated challenges create? Could capitalism help us to cope with many of the new problems we have unleashed? How does California's path breaking AB32 carbon mitigation legislation help the state to adapt to changing conditions? Could California's willingness to be the "green guinea pig" help to identify cost-effective policies that can be enacted all around the world?  And will California benefit from being a 'first-mover'?

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Speaker Biography

Matthew E. Kahn, Ph.D., is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, the Department of Public Policy, the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA School of Law.  He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the IZA. Before joining the UCLA faculty in January 2007, he taught at Columbia and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press 2006) and the co-author of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press 2008). Professor Kahn is the author of Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World (Basic Books 2010). His research areas include; environmental, urban, energy and real estate economics.  He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

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