Tag Archives: Climate Adaptation

urban heat island effect by city

Does sprawl make the urban heat island effect worse?

A few weeks ago, NASA officially announced that the record-breaking, “Godzilla” El Niño event that dominated much of our weather over the past year plus had finally come to an end…. Read more »

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Why developed countries should back loss and damage in Paris

A number of critical issues remain unresolved, including whether countries should set a maximum safe threshold for carbon emissions and what protocols will be put in place to ensure that… Read more »

Climate change will lead to more deadly traffic accidents

In recent years, there has been a considerable amount of attention paid to transportation issues in climate change circles. This makes sense, given that the transportation sector is the second… Read more »

Karachi’s Heat Wave a Sign of Future Challenges to Pakistan’s Fragile Democracy

Karachi, the world’s second largest city by population, is emerging from the grips of a deadly heatwave. A persistent low pressure system camped over the Arabian Sea stifled ocean breezes and… Read more »

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Condoms are key for promoting responsible consumption

At first blush, the idea that one action to reduce conspicuous consumption could bring about a sustainable future seems far-fetched. Sustainability is all-encompassing. There is no silver bullet; we need… Read more »

mosul dam

How focusing on climate could make us miss the forest for the trees

If you haven’t read my last post on why we need to integrate climate change into disaster risk reduction, read that first. I’ll wait. And, while you’re at it, read… Read more »

sendai earthquake tsunami damage

Climate overshadows disaster risk reduction. Here’s how to change that.

Next Saturday, the Third Wold Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) kicks off in the coastal city of Sendai. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. Disaster risk reduction (DRR)… Read more »

duluth flood damage

Minnesota’s DOT is ready for climate change. ODOT? Not so much.

Climate change will have profound and diverse impacts upon infrastructure throughout the United States, including transportation infrastructure. Rising sea levels, stronger storm surges, more severe flooding, land subsidence, soil erosion,… Read more »