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Rutgers Contributes to the Fifth National Climate Assessment


The Fifth National Climate Assessment, the U.S. Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risk, and responses was released by President Biden on November 15, 2023.  The report is mandated by Congress and assesses changes in the climate, its national and regional impacts, and options for reducing present and future risk. NPR mentions this assessment is “the most sweeping, sophisticated federal analysis of climate change compiled to date.” Several Rutgers experts, including RCEI faculty affiliates and Rutgers graduate students have played an important role in the report’s development.  These Rutgers experts include RCEI affiliates (denoted below in bold): 

  • Pamela McElwee, Professor, Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences 
    • Chapter Lead for Chapter 8: Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, and Biodiversity 
  • Sauvanithi Yupho, Graduate Student, Department of Geography 
    • Technical Contributor for Chapter 8: Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, and Biodiversity 

Further, Pamela McElwee was interviewed and quoted by the following news outlets:

Enrique Curchitser was also interviewed and quoted by Telemundo New York.

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