Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ask President Obama to be more Climate Savvy in his next State of the Union

The White House is asking Americans to submit their ideas for the State of Union address. Today our Executive Director, Lara Hansen, submitted this:

"Now is the time to prepare for the future. We need to create an America that can sail boldly into the 21st century on a course for success. To do this we need to let go of the outdated technologies that limit our options and hinder our livelihoods, and embrace the opportunities that equip us for the future that lies ahead. This means recognizing that our climate is changing and that change will change our country. We have a choice:
  • continue to do what we've always done despite changing conditions, risking our culture, economy and well-being, or
  • boldly address those changes and advance the United States into the coming century with the benefit of health, security and happiness."
Share your own ideas about the State of the Union here: http://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=54d6e44aec52ae0d56493c59b87327170045f368b0d373c4eec896154a1e1649c6dd27ea97c140cd

Monday, November 24, 2014

California's Getting Creative on Adapting to Drought

LA State Historic Park
California cities are typically “designed…on the promise of nearly endless water,” but with much of the state facing recurrent and severe drought conditions, it may be time to start thinking adaptation.

KQED Science, a program of National Public Radio (NPR), recently covered different methods of creating drought-adapted Californian cities. Some ideas are well-known and have already been implemented with high success, including investing in drought-tolerant landscaping to reduce water use, and installing green infrastructure and water entrapment features (e.g., bioswales and rain barrels) to capture what little precipitation does fall. Other ideas trend to the futuristic, including multi-function buildings that harvest water from fog and are adapted to survive inundation from sea level rise.

Check out the article to learn more about the hot (no pun intended) topics of water efficiency and protecting and enhancing local water provisioning sources!

- Whitney

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

100 Resilient Cities: Rethinking the Urban Cemetery

Friday, October 24, 2014

Climate Change and U.S. National Security: Pentagon Releases 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently released its Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, a strategy to combat the threats posed by climate change and the potential exacerbation of existing challenges, such as infectious disease.

The Roadmap's opening sentence reads: "Climate change will affect the [DOD's] ability to defend the Nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security." The primary goals laid out include:
  1. Identifying and assessing the effects of climate change on the DOD;
  2. Integrating climate change throughout DOD operations and managing associated risks; and
  3. Collaborating with stakeholders on the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change.
If you're in search of some additional reading, check Mark Hertsgaard's piece in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Military Takes on Climate Change Deniers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Call for Proposals Open for the 2nd National Adaptation Forum

The National Adaptation Forum is a biennial gathering created by a group of professionals from the private and public sectors concerned about the need to respond to and prepare for the effects of climate change. 

EcoAdapt, along with several partners, sponsored the 1st National Adaptation Forum in April 2013 in Denver, CO. Next year, we invite you to join us and present your adaptation work May 12-14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO!

The sessions this year are based around EcoAdapt's Adaptation Ladder of EngagementTM, a structure we created to help individuals and organizations assess their State of AdaptationTM.
There are several options available for your submissions:
  • Symposium
  • Individual Talk
  • Training Session
  • Working Group
  • Poster Presentation
  • Tools Café