An Environmental Detective Story: Uncovering the Visible and Not-So-Visible Threats from Climate Change
May 23, 2016Risk Management and Vulnerability

Worldwide, densely populated coastal areas continue to grow in both numbers of people and levels of economic activity. Yet climate change directly threatens the lives and livelihoods of inhabitants of low-lying coastal regions. The damage from sea-level rise, increasing soil and water salinity, and intensified storm surges is already substantial, and these risks will continue to grow in the coming decades.

Along with more obvious signs of these risks, such as damage to coastal infrastructure from cyclones, there are less visible but no less serious threats to the goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity, such as increasing soil and water salinity. Bangladesh is an extremely useful case study for identifying and measuring these worldwide threats. In this talk, Lead Environmental Economist Susmita Dasgupta will summarize five years of multidisciplinary research on climate change impacts, livelihood threats, and adaptation possibilities for the poor living in coastal Bangladesh.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2016

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    Susmita Dasgupta, Lead Environmental Economist, Development Research Group

    Susmita Dasgupta is a Lead Environmental Economist in the Environment and Energy Team of the Development Research Group with a specialization in empirical research. Her research focus is on environmental management in developing countries. Dr. Dasgupta has done extensive analysis on health hazards of pollution, poverty/environment nexus, setting priorities in pollution control, deforestation, biodiversity loss, impacts of climate change on coastal zones and climate extremes, adaptation to climate change, cost effective regulations, monitoring and enforcement of regulations. She has conducted research activities in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, India, Iran, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Mexico, Tunisia, Vietnam and Yemen, and has published numerous articles on issues related to development and environment.
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    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Director of Research

    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is the Director of Research in the World Bank. After joining the Bank in 1989 as a Young Economist, she has held different positions, including Director of Development Policy, Chief Economist of Financial and Private Sector Development Network, and Senior Research Manager, doing research and advising on financial sector and private sector development issues.
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    Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Economist, Climate Change Group

    Stéphane Hallegatte joined the World Bank as senior economist in September 2012 after 10 years of academic research in environmental economics and climate science for Météo-France, the Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement, and Stanford University. His research interests include environmental economics, risk management, adaptation to climate change, urban policy, climate change mitigation policies, and green growth. He has worked on natural disaster and risk-management policies at local and national scales, including on cases in Europe (following the storm Xynthia in 2010), North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia), India (Mumbai), and the United States (New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina).

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Event Details
  • Date: May 23, 2016
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00PM
  • Location: MC 2-800, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Tourya Tourougui


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