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America Adapts - The Climate Change Podcast

A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. On the America Adapts podcast, we explore the challenges presented by adapting to climate change, the national movement that has begun to drive change, and the approaches that the field's best minds believe are already working. Join climate change adaptation expert Doug Parsons as he talks with scientists, activists, policymakers and journalists about the choices we face and the people who make them. The climate adaptation conversation, and the movement, starts here. America Adapts - building a community of Adapters!
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Sep 18, 2017

In episode 50 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Pat Michaels, Director of the Center for the Study of Science at the libertarian Cato Institute.  Doug and Pat discuss free market approaches to adaptation and the potential role of the Cato Institute in this emerging field.

In this Episode:

NATURAL ADAPTATION – Dr. Michaels shares examples of how society, across the planet, have already adapted to extreme weather. 

GDP ADAPTATOIN – Dr. Michaels shares his belief that as the economies of developing countries grow, they will have the economic resources to develop the necessary environmental rules and regulations to adapt to climate change.

NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE – Doug and Pat find common ground on the need to reform the National Flood Insurance Program to discourage rebuilding in flood prone areas. It is an area of rare agreement between environmentalists and libertarians.

CATO INSTITUTE ADAPTS? – Doug and Pat discuss the need for the Cato Institute to play a larger role in adaptation policy development and the challenges of getting over the controversies of climate denial. 

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https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/articles/agu_2014_knappenberger_michaels.pdf

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Sep 5, 2017

In episode 49 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons is invited to Harvard University to cover the Graduate School of Design’s end of semester studio seminar.  In the spring semester, graduate students collaborated with the East Boston community to develop an adaptation action plan.  The results of those efforts were presented during the spring seminar.  Doug spoke with students, Harvard professors and members of the East Boston community to talk about the recommendations presented and what’s next.  Learn about Harvard’s innovative approach to climate change planning and community engagement!

EAST BOSTON ADAPTS – Doug talked with the professors at Harvard responsible for organizing this course. The organizers were Prof. Kathy Spiegelman, Prof. Stephen Gray and Prof. Daniel D’Oca.  Doug also spoke with Prof. Jesse Keenan (and previous podcast guest) about the studio course and his own assessment of what the students came up with in their recommendations.

HARVARD PRESENTS – Doug interviewed students presenting as part of this studio course as they shared their experiences working with East Boston. The students also discussed their own adaptation career ambitions.

COMMUNITY AND PLANNERS - Doug interviewed some of the ‘critics’ invited to critique the students’ studio work. Some were representatives from the community of East Boston.  Also invited were representatives from planning agencies in the Boston region.

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Interviewed in this episode:

Prof. Stephen Gray, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Prof. Daniel D’Oca, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Prof. Kathy Spiegelman, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Prof. Jesse Keenan, Harvard University
Prof. Rosetta Elkin, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Chanel Williams, Graduate Student in Harvard School of Design
Claire Summers, Graduate Student in Harvard School of Design
Sanjay Seth, Graduate Student in Harvard School of Design
Alice Hinterman, Graduate Student in Harvard School of Design
Amy Chester, Managing Director for Rebuild by Design
Chris Busch, Senior Waterfront Planner, Boston Planning and Development Agency
Gretchen Rabinkin, Executive Director of Community Design Resource Center at Boston
Kannan Thiruvengadam, NOAH, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Boston

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Aug 24, 2017

In episode 48 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with adaptation reporter Erika Bolstad.  Doug and Erika discuss her role at E & E News as their first adaptation reporter.  They talk about the state of adaptation reporting before they dig into her story on the emerging issue of ‘climate gentrification’, a topic that touches real estate, environmental justice and migration.

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In this Episode:

ADAPTATION MEDIA – Erika describes how she got into the field of adaptation reporting at Climatewire.

CLIMATE GENTRIFICATION – Erika talks about this emerging issue and how it impacts low income communities and also how it’s influencing the real estate market in Miami. Erika discusses how “Jim Crow Laws” led to the present day racial make up of Miami and how these areas are in some of the highest elevations in the region.  We also discuss if climate gentrification is just a short term phenomenon created by real estate speculators to drive up the price of real estate in the short term, ignoring the long term realities of climate change impacts.

FELLOW REPORTERS - Erika talks about her favorite climate reporters and the types of stories they cover.

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http://grist.org/living/climate-change-is-the-ultimate-gentrifier/

http://erikabolstad.com/about-erika/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/author/erika-bolstad/

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Aug 7, 2017

In episode 47 of America Adapts, Doug talks with noted climate change skeptic, Marc Morano of Climate Depot.  Doug and Marc discuss his motivation to be a contrarian voice on climate change and his history working on environmental issues, from being a reporter for Rush Limbaugh, to being chief spokesman for noted climate skeptic Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma. We also talk about the current state of climate affairs.  In the second part of the episode, Dr. Randy Olson joins Doug to deconstruct the conversation with Marc and to see what the climate change community can learn from Marc’s tactics and motivations. In light of recent major setbacks, e.g., pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Randy analyzes Marc’s approach and offers a way forward to the climate community.

“I’m a clearinghouse. It’s sort of like the wild west.” Marc Morano

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In this Episode:

AMAZONIAN ROOTS OF SKEPTICISM – Marc shares the roots of his climate skepticism and how his early work led him to the positions he now takes.

SHOW ME THE MONEY? -  Marc and Doug discuss money involved on both sides of this issue. Marc discusses how he is not motivated by money but by his own certainty around climate change science.

MIDDLE FINGER CLIMATE POLICIES – Marc discusses his admiration for President Trump for thumbing his nose at the establishment and pulling out of the Paris Agreement. Marc also explains how Trump could have handled the pullout more effectively.

Part 2:  Randy Olson Deconstructs

INTERVIEW ANALYSIS – Randy discusses Marc’s interview and explains what motivates Marc in his climate skepticism.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS – Randy provides some tough love on what the climate community can do next to effectively counter people like Marc Morano. It’s blunt but useful advice.

Interviewed in this episode:
Marc Morano
Randy Olson

*This was an unusual episode, with many references to scientific studies. Fact checking the conversation would have made it impossible to have a useful conversation, but I wanted to include a few resources related to some of the discussions in the podcast. Marc Morano on multiple occasions mentioned the study where there is 97% consensus that climate change is happening and he implied this included people studying areas impacted by climate change (he mentioned a hypothetical scientist studying butterflies) and the implication is that this person would be included in this 97% number. There are multiple studies looking at consensus on this issue, and that’s probably what he’s referring to, but there was a study looking at what publishing climate scientists are saying, and that’s where the 97% number was reached. I thought it was important to clarify that information.

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http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a7078/marc-morano-0410/
http://www.salon.com/2015/03/06/merchants_of_doubt_meet_the_sleazy_spin_doctors_who_will_stop_at_nothing_to_obscure_the_truth/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2009/04/10/randy-olson-on-marc-morano-who-was-featured-in-sizzle/

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Jul 26, 2017

In episode 46 of America Adapts , it’s a two segment show. First, Doug talks with Charlie Abrams and Jeremy Clark, two 13 year olds from Portland, Oregon about their amazing climate change activism. The second segment is our third edition of Australia Adapts with Dr. Johanna Nalua, where she talks with Dr. Jean Palutikof, the Director and Founder of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility based in Queensland, Australia. 

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In this Episode:

YOUTH MEETS CLIMATE CHANGE – Doug meets with Charlie and Jeremy, on the steps of the US capitol to talk about their climate change activism: everything from lobbying their state government on clean energy, to visiting their congressional delegation to support climate legislation.

TWO GREEN LEAVES – Charlie and Jeremy also discuss their climate blog, Two Green Leaves.

AUSTRALIA ADAPTS – Johanna talks with Dr. Palutikof’s and her unique history working in the climate change field. Dr. Palutikof also discusses the challenges of adaptation research at the local government level and some of the innovative work occurring across Australia.

Interviewed in this episode:
Charlie Abrams
Jeremy Clark
Dr. Jean Palutikof

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http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/two-portland-fifth-graders-blog-about-climate-change/

http://twogreenleaves.org
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
https://www.griffith.edu.au/business-government/griffith-institute-tourism/about-us/staff/dr-johanna-nalau

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Jul 17, 2017

In episode 45 of America Adapts - in a first - host Doug Parsons travels to Kampala, Uganda to cover the CBA11 (Community Based Adaptation).  This podcast consists of multiple conversations with conference attendees representing countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States.  If you want to learn how the rest of the world approaches adaptation, this podcast is for you!

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In this Episode:

WHAT IS CBA? – Conference organizer, Hannah Reid explains what is community based adaptation and the role the conference plays in the knowledge exchange of this discipline.

AFRICAN ADAPTATION – Doug talks with two adaptation planners from Malawi, Phina Rocha, Irish Aid, and Dorothy Tembo, Senior Programme Officer, Centre For Environmental Policy and Advocacy and the challenges facing developing countries in developing national adaptation plans.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT - Anita Van Breda, from World Wildlife Fund, talks disaster management planning and risk reduction at World Wildlife Fund and their unique approaches in engaging developing countries in these efforts.

CLIMATE JUSTICE - Doug talks resilience planning with Rebecca Carter of the World Resources Institute; Doug also discusses issues of climate justice and communicating adaptation to younger generations in developing countries with Heather McGray of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund.

AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS – Doug talks with Manuel Mutimmcuio, Director of Human Development, at the world famous Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.  Manuel describes the tumultuous history of the park and currents efforts to address climate change while working with local communities that count on the park for their livelihoods.

INTERNATIONAL DONORS - Doug talks with Dr. Arno Sckeyde, from the German agency, GIZ, on the role of governments and international aid. Doug also talks with Tom Derr of the Peace Corps and some of their innovative adaptation work, partnering with the World Wildlife Fund, in Uganda.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR CBA – Conference founder, Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director at the International Center for Climate Change and Development discusses the history of the CBA and what the challenges and opportunities for this field going forward.

And there’s much more!

Pictures from CBA11:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/iied/albums/72157685421464286/with/35166877190/ 

Key Quotes:
“I hope the US looks beyond their borders more to understand the challenges developing countries are dealing with regarding climate change impacts.” Hannah Reid, IIED

Interviewed in this episode:

Hannah Reid, Conference Organizer, International Institute for Environment and Development
Anita Van Breda
, Senior Director, Environment and Disaster Management, World Wildlife Fund
Phina Rocha, Irish Aid, Malawi
Dorothy Tembo, Senior Programme Officer, Centre For Environmental Policy and Advocacy
Rebecca Carter, Deputy Director, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute
David Kintu, Executive Director, Nature Palace Foundation
Heather McGray, Director, Climate Justice Resilience Fund
Dr. Arno Sckeyde, Climate Change Facilitator, GIZ (Germany)
Manuel Mutimmcuio, Director of Human Development, Gorongosa National Park
Romy Chevallier, Senior Researcher, South African Institute of International Affairs
Tom Derr, U.S. Peace Corps Uganda
Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director, International Center for Climate Change and Development and Senior Fellow, IIED

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@IIED
https://www.facebook.com/theIIED/

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www.envirodm.org (WWF’s Environment and Disaster Management website, which provides resources for environmentally responsible disaster recovery, reconstruction, and risk reduction, including the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training Toolkit (GRRT), the Flood Green Guide, and a 24/7 helpdesk Green Recovery Connect.)
http://www.eecentre.org/assessments (Coordination of Assessments for Environment in Humanitarian Action - A joint USAID, OCHA, UN Environment, UNHCR, WWF and MSB Initiative)
Information on Uganda: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uganda
Conference Information
https://www.iied.org/11th-international-conference-community-based-adaptation-cba11

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Jun 12, 2017

In episode 44 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with world famous climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, professor in the Dept. of Political Science  and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University!  Katharine and Doug dig deep into the issue of religion and what are some solutions in reaching out to skeptical audiences on the issue of climate change. 

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In this Episode:

FROM QUASARS TO CLIMATE MODELS – Doug and Katharine discuss her early career in astronomy and how that actually prepared her well as she pivoted into climate change modeling. Katharine also discusses her invitation to attend an event in Norway hosted by Stephen Hawking!

PARIS AGREEMENT – Katharine talks about the recent US pull out from the Paris Agreement and she actually identifies a huge silver lining.

BEARING FALSE WITNESS – Doug and Katharine dig into the phenomenon of why evangelicals are hostile to taking action on climate change and how many have been misled into believing the science of climate change is a false religion.

QUEEN OF THE WORLD – Doug and Katharine talk about her surreal experience talking climate change with both President Obama and “Titanic” star Leonardo DiCaprio.  Katharine’s take home message:  President Obama can talk climate like an expert!

Key Quotes:

““Faith is evidence of what we don’t see; science is evidence of what we do see.”

““We are deliberately told by people we trust….that global warming is a false religion, requiring worshipping the Earth…”

“Regarding climate change…if you only look for negative information, that’s what you’ll find.”

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https://www.facebook.com/katharine.hayhoe/
https://twitter.com/KHayhoe

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzuI_NZwY4w
https://www.beforetheflood.com/
https://www.depts.ttu.edu/csc/people.php

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/31/everyone-believes-in-global-warming-they-just-dont-realize-it/

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Jun 4, 2017

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In episode 43 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with the Climate and Adaptation Reporter at Bloomberg News, Christopher Flavelle.

Also in this episode, Doug announces that America Adapts Media is now a 501(c) 3 tax deductible charitable organization! Dan Ackerstein guest hosts a segment asking Doug what this means and how people can support ‘building a community of adapters.’ Also, Michael Pace, Executive Director of the Social Good Fund, visits the podcast to briefly discuss the Fund, which is now the fiscal sponsor of America Adapts.

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BLOOMBERG NEWS – Doug and Chris discuss Bloomberg News and Chris’ unique beat of covering climate change adaptation and resilience issues. Chris also explains why covering climate change is a priority issue for Bloomberg News.

FEDERAL BUYOUT – Chris and Doug discuss some of his articles focusing on the federal buyout program, Blue Acres.  Chris explains the challenges for local governments to accept federal buyouts, what they mean for the future of these communities, and how they serve as a case study for future attempts at moving people out of climate danger zones.

“Adaptation is a humble ideology.”

CLIMATE GENTRIFICATION - Chris explains how people in affordable housing will be some of the hardest hit populations by climate change and how an under sourced programs will be further challenged when these communities are forced to evacuate from high impact areas.

ADAPTATION IN THE NEWS - Chris and Doug discuss the many challenges of covering adaptation stories and how these stories will only become more prominent. 

Chris also challenges Doug to find the person most responsible for adaptation policy in the Trump White House. And the challenge was accepted!

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https://www.bloomberg.com/view/contributors/AP5w2GPBCv4/christopher-flavelle
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-26/trump-wants-to-downplay-global-warming-louisiana-won-t-let-him

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-09/alaska-s-big-problem-with-warmer-winters
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-08-22/nj-s-blue-acres-program-a-new-strategy-for-climate-change
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-06/inside-the-lobby-against-tougher-homes

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May 22, 2017

In episode 42 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Benjamin Preston, the Senior Director of the Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program at the RAND Corporation.

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WHAT IS RAND?  Doug and Ben discuss RAND and its background as a military think tank and its evolution as a key player in adaptation and resilience research and planning.

FROM OZ TO OAK RIDGE – Ben discusses his experiences working on climate change issues in Australia, all the way to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ben also grades adaptation efforts in Australia and the US!

THE ONE PERCENT CLIMATE CHANGE DOCTRINE - Doug and Ben discuss worst case scenarios with climate change and RAND’s approach to these issues. We also discuss the ‘one percent doctrine’ approach to adaptation planning and if there are similarities to planning for terrorism as there is to climate change.

ADAPTATION ELEVATOR SPEECH – Ben takes a crack at his own 30 second adaptation elevator speech. Doug and Ben discuss the challenges of communicating adaptation research and planning to the general public.

CASE STUDIES – Ben describes some of the case study work at RAND - in cities like Pittsburgh and in Israel – with resilience and adaptation planning.  We also discuss the difficulties of going from planning to actual adaptation implementation. How does one evaluate effective adaptation?

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https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/people/p/preston_benjamin_lee.pdf
https://theconversation.com/spending-wisely-now-will-make-heatwaves-less-costly-later-22402
http://www.vcccar.org.au/benefit-hindsight-ben-preston

 

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May 15, 2017

In episode 41 of America Adapts, Australia Adapts is back! Dr. Johanna Nalau from Griffith University interviews a fellow adaptation researcher, Dr. Susanne Becken,  Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism at Griffith University, in Queensland, Australia. Professor Becken is an expert in Sustainable Tourism, specifically the impacts of climate change on tourism.

Also in this episode, I wrap up my coverage of the National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota. I talk with a few more conference attendees about their impression of the conference and the adaptation work they are involved in. It’s a nice wrap up to a fantastic event!

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In this episode:

TOURISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE – Johanna introduces Dr. Becken and they provide some context on the field of sustainable tourism. Dr. Becken describes her background and her pivot from mitigation to adaptation.

RELUCTANT INDUSTRY – The two discuss the difficulties of getting the tourism industry to tackle climate change and its current and potential impact on the industry.

LAST CHANCE TOURISM - Dr. Becken describes the phenomenon of ‘last chance’ tourism, where tourism is marketing specifically to the concept that a resource, e.g., Great Barrier Reef, won’t exist in the coming years, so it’s your ‘last chance’ to visit. They are trying to combat this fatalist approach to the industry.

TOURISM DASHBOARD - Johanna and Dr. Becken discuss the “Tourism Dashboard” that uses  seven specific indicators, which have all global data to monitor them and that provides a snapshot of how we are fairing under each of the indicators currently.

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Adaptationprofessionals.org
https://www.nationaladaptationforum.org/
https://www.griffith.edu.au/business-government/griffith-institute-tourism/staff/dr-johanna-nalau
https://www.griffith.edu.au/professional-page/susanne-becken
https://www.griffith.edu.au/business-government/griffith-institute-tourism
http://tourismdashboard.org/

Coming up next week on America Adapts, I talk with Dr. Ben Preston at Rand Corporation.

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May 10, 2017

In episode 40 of America Adapts, I’m on location in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the banks of the Mississippi River attending the National Adaptation Forum! This daily digest - a partnership with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals - I go around talking to forum attendees about why they are attending and discuss some of the exciting developments in the field of adaptation. Listen to some of the best minds on adaptation as they all congregate to share stories and exchange expertise!

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May 1, 2017

In episode 39 of America Adapts, I talk with Barrett Ristroph, an adaptation and environmental lawyer based in Alaska.  Barrett is also a PhD candidate studying adaptation planning. Also in this segment, Doug reports back from the massive climate change march in Washington, DC.

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  • HAWAII MEETS ALASKA – Barrett describes her journey from Louisiana, to the University of Hawaii, all the way to inland Alaska. Barrett describes being married to a tribal leader in Alaska and the cultural challenges associated with that!
  • INDIGENOUS IN ALASKA - Barrett explains the cultural and legal differences between tribes in Alaska and the lower 48 states.
  • CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS - Doug and Barrett discuss the legal issues and regulatory hurdles of translocating coastal communities impacted by climate change. Barrett describes specific communities that are dealing with bureaucratic hurdles in this process. Barrett describes the complexities of adaptation planning in a legal and regulatory framework that is not designed for climate change. We discuss the potential uses (and downside) of using eminent domain in adaptation planning.
  • CULTURAL EXTINCTION – Doug and Barrett discuss the broader issue of letting a culture go extinct. What is society’s moral and legal obligation to help tribal communities respond to climate change?
  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ADAPTATION PROFESSIONALS – Doug announces the formal partnership between ASAP and America Adapts! Each will promote the other in various outreach platforms. ASAP will also be a source of potential guests, since it’s a society of adaptation professionals! Check out ASAP here!
  • MARCH FOR CLIMATE CHANGE – Doug shares a short segment on the recent climate march in Washington, DC. He interviews several marchers (and Tim Watkins!) to get their take on the value and implications of the March!

Links in episode:
Adaptationprofessionals.org
Nytimes article on tribal translocation:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/29/science/alaska-global-warming.html?_r=0

Coming up next week on America Adapts, I do micro-podcasts at the National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota!

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Apr 24, 2017

In episode 38 of America Adapts, I talk with fellow podcaster Andrew Lewin of Speak Up For Blue!  Andrew’s podcast focuses on all things related to ocean conservation – he’s ‘speaking up’ for the oceans! Andrew and I talk about the multitude of topics he covers and the diverse set of ocean experts he gets on the show. In the second half of the episode, Andrew, who’s Canadian, walks us through their own War on Science that occurred under their previous Prime Minister.  The timing is perfect, with the just completed March for Science reminding us the importance of science, Andrew gives a much needed pep talk, and walks through the actions, both large and small, that their government took to stifle Canadian research.  It’s an important listen and we have much to learn from our northern neighbor! 

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Show highlights:

  • SPEAK UP FOR OCEANS – Doug introduces Andrew Lewin, the host of Speak up for Blue, a podcast dedicated to protecting our oceans. Andrew explains the history of the podcast and what his long term goals are for it.
  • OCEAN EXPERTS TALK – Andrew describes the process of recruiting guests for the podcast and the evolution of SUFB becoming a premiere platform to discuss ocean conservation.
  • CANADIAN WAR ON SCIENCE - Andrew describes in captivating detail, Canada’s own recent experience of science being under attack by politicians. He describes how it happened, what strategies were used to stifle science, and the recent change in government that has since liberated their scientists to speak out more.
  • MARCH FOR SCIENCE – Doug and Andrew discuss the present environment for science in the United States and what we can learn from the Canadian experience. Andrew gives a pep talk on what US scientists can do to counter the muzzling of their work and how we can avoid some of the problems the Canadians encountered.

Links in episode:

Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/podcast
iHeart Radio: http://www.speakupforblue.com/iHeartRadio
Website: http://www.speakupforblue.com/
You Tube: http://www.speakupforblue.com/YouTube
Twitter: @speakupforblue
Instagram: @speakupforblue
FB group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group

Coming up next week on America Adapts, I interview Barrett Ristroph, an environmental lawyer specializing in tribal law. Barrett is based in Alaska and will talk about how tribal communities are grappling with climate impacts and the legal and planning complexities of moving these at threat communities.  Adaptation law is an emerging discipline and Barrett walks us through some of the thornier issues

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Apr 14, 2017

In episode 37 of America Adapts, we kick off the premiere episode of Australia Adapts! Adaptation researcher Dr. Johanna Nalau, Research Fellow from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia joins the show for a semi-recurring segment where we interviews experts in Australia. On the inaugural episode, Doug interviews Johanna, which is followed by a segment where Johanna interviews local government adaptation expert Donovan Burton. Learn what adaptation means down under and some of the innovative ways they get local governments thinking about climate change!

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Show highlights:

  • G’DAY TO AMERICA ADAPTS – Doug introduces Dr. Johanna Nalau, who explains how she discovered America Adapts and how we ended up agreeing to collaborate on a recurring segment.
  • STREET VIEW ADAPTATION – Johanna introduces adaptation expert Donovan Burton, who focuses on climate planning at the local government level. Donovan shares his own journey in the adaptation field and the growing demand for this type of expertise in Australia.
  • FROM PARIS TO MOOLOOLABA – Donovan discusses the long, steady embrace of adaptation planning in Australia and how the recent Paris Agreement has supercharged this type of planning in the last year.
  • INFRASTRUCTURE VERSUS ADAPTATION – Johanna and Donovan highlight how adaptation planning still struggles to compete with traditional infrastructure spending and is generally on the losing end of that argument.
  • ADAPTATION MEETS THE METRIC SYSTEM – Donovan explains some of the innovative techniques they use to measure adaptation integration.

Australia Adapts Host Dr. Johanna Nalau

Dr Johanna Nalau is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) and Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) at Griffith University specializing in climate change adaptation policy- and decision-making processes. Johanna is a social scientist whose research focuses on understanding how policy- and decision-makers deal with some of the central assumptions related to climate change adaptation, and the array of factors and processes that drive and constrain climate change adaptation, including constraints emerging from adaptation science and theory. Other current research includes ecosystem-based adaptation, sustainable tourism, traditional knowledge, and disaster risk management, with a recent focus in the Pacific region.

Donovan Burton

Donovan is a climate change entrepreneur. He is an internationally recognized expert in climate change adaptation, where he specializes in helping cities and businesses consider effects and opportunities presented by confluence of climate change and other mega trends.   Donovan is the owner of the climate change adaptation consultancy Climate Planning and has delivered almost 150 climate change projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on over a decade of applied adaptation experience Donovan has created a suite of adaptation governance tools to support informed-decision making using a combination of targeted analysis, benchmarking and big data. Donovan is an environmental planner with a first class honors and a recipient of a Wentworth Scholarship. Donovan believes that the private sector can (and should) play a significant role in climate change adaptation.

Links in episode:

www.climateplanning.com.au

https://www.griffith.edu.au/business-government/griffith-institute-tourism/staff/dr-johanna-nalau

Twitter:

@climateplanning
@usaadapts

Coming up next week on America Adapts, I interview fellow podcaster, Andrew Lewin, host of ‘Speak up for Blue’, a podcast dedicated to ocean conservation!

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Apr 4, 2017

“It is beyond a reasonable doubt, humans are contributing to climate change.”

In episode 36 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons talks to Judge Alice Hill of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.  Judge Hill shares her experiences as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council within the White House under the Obama administration. In the podcast, Judge Hill also discusses her journey from practicing law in Paris, to her work prosecuting high profile white collar crime in Los Angeles, to being recruited to serve as Senior Counselor to Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Ann Napolitano .  It’s an enlightening, sobering and ultimately inspiring conversation with one of the world’s experts on climate change and its national security implications.  

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  • FROM LA TO THE CAPITOL – Judge Hill describes her start in law and her move to California. Judge Hill was working on the LA Superior Court when she was recruited by Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Ann Napolitano (her former classmate in Law School) to join the department as Senior Counselor. Judge Hill discusses the early days of bringing adaptation policy to the Homeland Security department.
  • ADAPTING TO THE WHITE HOUSE – Judge Hill discusses her move to the White House’s National Security Council and developing policies that addressed the national security implications of climate change.
  • BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT - Judge Hill describes her own journey learning the science of climate change, how being a lawyer and a judge, trained her to hear the evidence, then weigh that evidence, and conclude the overwhelming consensus of scientists was accurate.
  • EXECUTIVE ORDERS - Most of the climate change policies originated from the Executive Branch during the Obama years and Judge Hill describes being at the center of getting those policies developed and signed by the President.
  • NATIONAL SECURITY – Doug and Judge Hill discuss how climate change played a role in the destabilization of Syria and how climate change was a threat multiplier in Syria. We discuss the current policies of President Trump and Secretary of Defense, General Mattis’, recent encouraging statements on the threat of climate change.
  • WHAT’S NEXT AT HOOVER – Judge Hill talks about her current work at the Hoover Institution which will help local communities adapt to climate change.
  • THE WHITE HOUSE – Judge Hill describes her experiences on the National Security Council and working for President Obama. She also shares what it’s like to work in the White House and with the public servants dedicated to protecting the United States.
  • INTERNATIONAL ADAPTATION – Judge Hill shares her insight on the state of international adaptation and the proactive approaches of Canada and Australia.

In the second segment, I talk with Tim Watkins about President Trump’s disastrous recent climate change Executive orders, that dismantle the Clean Power Rule and also roll back local government adaptation efforts.  It’s a sobering conversation.

Links in episode:

http://www.hoover.org/profiles/alice-hill
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/326221-trumps-climate-change-order-jeopardizes-our-national
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/trump-orders-halt-to-efforts-to-adapt-to-warming-21307
http://www.mitigationleadership.com/pdf/Alice-Chamberlayne-Hill-bio.pdf
https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2015/07/alice-hill-mainstreaming-climate-risks-u-s-government-planning-we-care-deeply/
https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-climate-action-plan

Twitter:

@HooverInst
@Alice_C_Hill

Coming up next week on America Adapts, we start a new, recurring segment, Australia Adapts, where I introduce adaptation research Dr. Johanna Nalau from Griffith University, in Queensland, Australia. Johanna will host a semi recurring segment where she talks with adaptation experts working in Australia! America Adapts goes global! 

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Mar 29, 2017

It’s an Earth Day extravaganza! Earth Day Co-Founder Denis Hayes and climate change icon Bill McKibben visit America Adapts.  This episode is coming out on the same day that President Trump rescinded the climate change rules established under President Obama. Take action by listening to Bill and Denis share their experiences, as they offer advice on what to do next.

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Denis Hayes, Co-Founder of the original Earth Day and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation

  • HISTORY OF EARTH DAY – Denis describes the original Earth Day in 1970 and the political environment at the time. Denis describes the bi-partisan nature of environmental issues before President Nixon executed his southern strategy, which further split the parties.
  • ENTER CLIMATE CHANGE - Doug and Denis discuss the unique challenges of climate change and how it might have been dealt with on the original Earth Day. Denis explains how climate change was not yet an issue at the first Earth Day, but then through the 70s, a consensus developed among scientists that it was a growing problem.
  • FROM CARTER TO REAGAN - Denis describes working for President Carter running the Federal Solar Research Institute.  Denis describes how science and facts were not as controversial as they are today. Denis describes an ambitious effort to reform the energy sector that was ultimately scrapped when Reagan came to power.
  • EARTH DAY 2020 – Denis and Doug talk about the upcoming 50 year anniversary of Earth Day.
  • THE EMERALD CORRIDOR – Denis talks about his work at the Bullitt Foundation, which seeks to create a sustainable urban corridor in the Pacific Northwest. Doug and Denis discuss adaptation and challenges of planned retreat.

In the second segment, I talk with climate change legend, Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. 

  • BILL MAHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE – Bill discusses his recent appearance on HBO’s Bill Maher show and how these unique opportunities create opportunities to reach a large number of people (and Bill was quite funny on the show).
  • PRESIDENT COAL – Bill discusses what the election of Donald Trump means for progress on climate change. Bill doesn’t spin the situation:  his administration is a pretty devastating development.
  • BIPARTISAN SOLAR – Bill describes the opportunity for legislative agreement through solar power, which polls extremely well in both parties.
  • ADAPTATION AT 350 – Doug and Bill talk adaptation and if it takes away from society needing to focus on carbon mitigation.  Bill says, ““Adapt to that you can’t prevent...but prevent at all cost, that, which you can’t adapt to.’”
  • THE CLIMATE MARCHES ON - Bill discusses the upcoming climate change march on April 29th in locations around the world. We talk about how climate march compliments the science march.
  • YOU AND CLIMATE CHANGE - Bill gives advice on what an individual can do to affect change and how collective action will be the only effective response. .

Links in episode:

http://www.billmckibben.com/
http://www.bullitt.org/about/staff/

Bill McKibben on the Bill Maher Show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V69l7zbFeAk
https://350.org/

Twitter:
@billmckibben
@350

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Mar 20, 2017

In an Earth Day 2017 special episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Valorie Aquino, Co-Director on the Organizing Committee for the March for Science; Dr. Nancy Knowlton, organizer of the April 21-23rd Earth Optimism Summit; and Dr. Randy Olson, scientist-turned-filmmaker.

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Valorie Aquino, Co-Director of the March for Science

  • THE ORIGINS OF THE MARCH – Valorie explains the origins of the March. Learn what activities are planned during the event and some helpful logistics if you are attending.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE MARCH – Hear how the March grew from a Reddit post, to its own Facebook page, that within days, exploded in size from a few thousand members to nearly 850,000 members (and growing). Valorie describes how the social media platforms have become a place where supporters introduce themselves and explain why they are inspired by science.
  • THE WORLD MARCHES - Valorie describes how 400 satellite cities, across the planet, have organized to host their own parallel marches. Valorie, a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico, describes how she got involved in the March and was recruited by the Co-Directors Caroline Weinberg, MD, MPH and Dr. Jonathan Berman, PhD.to take on a leadership role in the organizing committee.  
  • MUCH MORE THAN A PROTEST – Doug and Valorie discuss the goals of the March and how this gathering of scientists and their supporters is a historic event and not a Trump protest rally. We also discuss what happens after the March and how to keep people galvanized to celebrate science and their role in supporting it.

In the second segment of the Earth Day themed episode, I talk with Dr. Nancy Knowlton, principal organizer of the Earth Optimism Summit, an April 21-23rd gathering of conservationists that will celebrate success stories in the environmental movement.

  • ADDICTED TO CRISIS - Nancy discusses the origins of the Summit and how, generally, the conservation movement has focused on doom and gloom. The Summit represents an opportunity to celebrate successes in conservation.
  • SHARING SUCCESS STORIES – Over 200 speakers, and 1200 attendees, are scheduled to participate in the summit. Nancy describes the topics covered in the event.
  • THE SUMMIT AND THE MARCH – Nancy describes how the Summit, a year in the making, responded when the spontaneous March for Science overlapped with their event, both DC based. Nancy sees the two efforts as complimentary, both looking to celebrate the role of science in our society.

FINAL ANALYSIS WITH RANDY OLSON

In the final segment, scientist-turned-filmmaker (and previous podcast guest) Randy Olson comes on to discuss the two events.  DRAWING ON THE FOUR ORGANS THEORY PRESENTED IN HIS FIRST BOOK (Don’t Be Such a Scientist) HE contrasts the two approaches taken in developing the events, with the long planned summit complimenting the organic nature of the March.  Randy also USES HIS SECOND BOOK (Houston, We Have a Narrative) TO discuss how the spontaneous, grass roots March has no driving narrative of what it’s trying to do, and why that actually bodes well for the long term success of the March.  Randy digs into the leadership vacuum in the science universe and how the March might play a role in providing a new narrative for scientists.

Don't Be Such a Scientist:
https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Be-Such-Scientist-Substance/dp/1597265632/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1597265632&pd_rd_r=KMCWMQQJEFTPY4G8VY8J&pd_rd_w=5SSV3&pd_rd_wg=E9PRt&psc=1&refRID=KMCWMQQJEFTPY4G8VY8J

Houston, We have a Narrative:
https://www.amazon.com/Houston-We-Have-Narrative-Science/dp/022627084X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Links in episode:
Valorie Aquino
March for Science
Earth Optimism Summit
Dr. Nancy Knowlton
Randy Olson
March for Science Facebook Page

Twitter:
@ScienceMarchDC

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Mar 14, 2017

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In episode 33 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Katharine Mach, Director of Stanford Environment Assessment Facility - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and former Co-Director of the Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Topics covered:

  • ADAPTATION ON CAMPUS - Doug and Katharine discuss how adaptation is an emerging academic area of study on campus and what sorts of programs are now available to students.
  • HARVARD, STANFORD THEN THE IPCC – Katharine discusses her own academic history and how she was recruited to join the staff of the IPCC.
  • HOLISTIC ADAPTATION - Adaptation requires integrating various disciplines in both research and implementation and Katharine describes her experiences.
  • BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER – Katharine describes ‘synthesis’ and the role it plays in the IPCC process. Learn the inner workings of the IPCC and the challenges of collaborating across cultures and continents.
  • CLIMATEGATE – Doug and Katharine discuss the fall out of the Climategate scandal and what institutional changes it led to and also the challenges of doing sound science on such a highly charged issue.
  • ON THE GROUND IN MOROCCO - Katharine discusses traveling to Marrakesh, Morocco, where the world’s climate community was following up the historic Paris Climate Agreement. She describes landing in Morocco on the day of the US election and talking with representatives from other countries on what the election of Trump meant.
  • MISSION PARIS – Katharine describes the truly historic process behind the Paris climate agreement and what happens next.
  • CHINA STEPPING UP – As the role of the US becomes increasingly uncertain, Doug and Katharine talk about the steps China is taking to mitigate its carbon footprint.
  • CAUTIOUS IPCC - Doug discusses with Katharine the IPCC’s reputation as being too cautious in its models, demonstrating the constraints of a report published once every five years.
  • HIGH AND LOW ADAPTATION – Katharine discusses developing metrics for identifying adaptation actions that factor in future biological and socioeconomic factors. What steps will future societies take to adapt to climate change?
  • ADAPTATION ELEVATOR SPEECH – Katharine discusses her own experiences communicating climate change and adaptation and highlights some of the leading communicators in the field. We also discuss communicating climate change with skeptics, and how skepticism has developed into a truly western phenomenon.  
  • MARCHING FOR SCIENCE – Doug and Katharine briefly discuss the upcoming march for sciencehttps://www.marchforscience.com/ in Washington, DC and the challenges of being apolitical in an increasingly politicized society.
  • ADAPT OR MITIGATE – Katharine weighs in the on the tension between carbon mitigation and the need to adapt to climate impacts today.


Key Quotes:

“The IPCC is a grand partnership between the governments of the world and the scientists of the world.”

Additional Segment: Dan Ackerstein and Tim Watkins join Doug to discuss recent comments by the new Administrator of the EPA, Scott Pruitt. Pruitt, in no uncertain terms, comments that he doesn’t think humans are the major contributors to global warming.  Dan, Tim and Doug discuss the implications of these comments.   

Additional Resources:

IPCC Report on Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability
http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/

Stanford Woods Institute Adaptation Memo
https://woods.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/files/PBrief-ClimateResponse-Mach.pdf

Dr. Katharine Mach
https://woods.stanford.edu/about/woods-faculty/katharine-mach

Additional Information on Dr. Mach
https://profiles.stanford.edu/katharine-mach

Dr. Mach’s CV
https://cap.stanford.edu/profiles/viewCV?facultyId=85383&name=Katharine_Mach

EPA Adminstrator Scott Pruitt’s comments on global warming:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/09/epa-scott-pruitt-carbon-dioxide-global-warming-climate-change


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Mar 6, 2017

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In episode 32 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks “Cli-Fi” with Dr. Amy Brady, Senior Editor with the Chicago Review of Books.  Amy just debuted a monthly column dedicated specifically to cli-fi called "Burning Worlds." Doug and Amy cover such diverse topics as:

  • CLI-FI – What is Cli-Fi? Learn the history of this emerging genre of fiction.
  • BURNING WORLDS - Amy describes her new monthly column focusing on this emerging field and what she hopes to accomplish with the column.
  • AUTHOR AS CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVIST – Amy explains the backgrounds of various Cli-Fi authors and how some see their role as inspiring readers to take action on climate change.
  • SCIENCE FICTION OR HIGH ART – Since Cli Fi is such a new area of fiction, it’s unclear if it’s considered just another form of science fiction, or something else. Doug and Amy discuss the controversies associated with the genre.
  • SCIENCE OR SCIENCE FICTION – Doug and Amy discuss the use of sound science in writing Cli-Fi and what responsibilities authors feel in using science in writing fiction.
  • NUCLEAR AGE VERSUS THE CLIMATE AGE – Doug and Amy discuss the parallels between the nuclear age of the 50s and 60s and how that drove science fiction writing and how climate change will influence literature.
  • SCENARIO PLANNING WITH FICTION WRITERS – Doug and Amy discuss the possibility of fiction writers joining adaptation planners and scientists in the scenario planning process, relying on their creative talents to create a likely future scenario.
  • GRAPES OF WRATH – Amy argues that John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath was the original Cli-Fi novel.
  • MUST READ CLI FI AUTHORS – Amy gives her suggestions on Cli Fi authors. She identifies books for new readers or for the robust consumers of fiction. 

Additional Segment(starts at 55:45 into podcast):  Dr. Molly Cross (previous guest!) and Darren Long from the Wildlife Conservation Society come on for a short discussion to promote the call for proposals for the Adaptation Fund, one of the first granting programs focusing on climate adaptation. They discuss deadlines, strategies for applying and examples of previous grantees. We also briefly discuss the Atlanta Falcons historic collapse in the Super Bowl (Darren is a big Falcons fan).

Additional Resources:

Dr. Amy Brady
https://chireviewofbooks.com/author/dramybrady/

Burning World Column
https://chireviewofbooks.com/2017/02/08/the-man-who-coined-cli-fi-has-some-reading-suggestions-for-you/

Cli Fi resources:
http://cli-fi.net/ and eco-fiction.com.

Essays that provide quick overviews of the genre:
http://www.salon.com/2014/10/26/the_rise_of_climate_fiction_when_literature_takes_on_global_warming_and_devastating_droughts/

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/08/climate-fiction-margaret-atwood-literature/400112/

Anti Cli-Fi:  emerging as a conservative rebuttal to clifi's more progressive stance on climate change:

https://thinkprogress.org/the-untapped-value-of-clifi-shakespeare-passover-supergirl-and-game-of-thrones-5344df553732#.lb0man9di

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adaptation Fund
http://wcsclimateadaptationfund.org/program-information


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Feb 28, 2017

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In episode 31 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with CNN’s John Sutter! John is an award winning opinion journalist at CNN who focuses on climate change with his program Two Degrees.  Doug and John cover such diverse topics as:

  • MARSHALL ISLANDS SEA LEVEL RISE - John describes his story on sea level rise in the Marshall Islands. John discusses how he used innovative media tools such as Snapchat to tell the story how climate change poses extreme risks to this island chain.  
  • PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT - Doug and John discuss the Paris Climate Agreement and how it inspired John to develop the Two Degrees program.   
  • THE HOCKEY STICK - Doug and John also discuss the 20 anniversary of climatologist Michael Mann’s hockey stick research.  
  • CLIMATE IN RURAL AMERICA - John discusses his groundbreaking story where he visited Woodward, Oklahoma as he went on a funny and sometimes frustrating journey to try to identify citizens who actually believed climate change was happening.
  • THE OTHER PEOPLE - John explains the challenges of interviewing people you do not agree with and the role of trust in these conversations.
  • CLIMATE AS HEALTH - We discuss climate change as a public health issue.
  • CLIMATE SINCE THE DUST BOWL - John describes talking with citizens of Woodward, Oklahoma and how historic events like the Dust Bowl influenced their perceptions on how humans can impact nature.
  • CLIMATE CREATIONIST - John describes a conversation with a climate skeptic and young earth creationist who also installed solar panels on his property.
  • WHICH WAY MARSHALL ISLANDERS?  We discuss climate change mitigation versus adaptation and how John’s experiences in the Marshall Islands has influenced his perspective on this issue.
  • FROM THE PACIFIC TO ARKANSAS - We learn about climate refugees from the Marshall Islands who have relocated to Springdale, Arkansas.

ANALYSIS - Tim Watkins comes on for a brief conversation dissecting the conversation with John Sutter. Doug and Tim also discuss how America Adapts will talk about how adaptation can be a pathway to educate, inspire and motive people to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

Additional Resources:

John Sutter
http://www.cnn.com/profiles/john-d-sutter

Two Degrees program on CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/specials/opinions/two-degrees

John’s groundbreaking visit to Oklahoma here:
http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/03/opinions/sutter-climate-skeptics-woodward-oklahoma/index.html

Opinion: Common ground with climate skeptics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16_IupUxG8M

 

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Feb 21, 2017

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In episode 30 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Suzanne Perdeaux, Climate Change Researcher at the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR).  Doug also talks with Dan Ackerstein about how federal agencies might pivot from emphasizing mitigation of carbon emissions to focus solely on adaptation.

In the main interview, Doug and Suzanne cover the following topics:

  • What is OCCIAR and its role in adaptation planning across the region and country.
  • What are the unique climate change impacts in Canada.
  • We learn about the different sectors impacted by climate change and how OCCIAR is assisting these sectors in adaptation planning.
  • Suzanne is a multi-year, award winning young professional and we learn how climate change has influenced her career choices.
  • Suzanne discusses how one becomes an adaptation professional, from her undergrad and graduate school experiences.
  • We discuss the first of its kind Climate Change Master’s program at University of Waterloo.
  • We discuss how millennials are inspired to act on climate change and what are some career and school opportunities. 

Suzanne discusses how she wants to make adaptation relatable to a younger generation and her role in mentoring those interested in joining this field.  We finish by discussing the role social media plays in younger professionals communicating science and staying connected with peers. It is a great conversation and inspiring to hear Canada playing such a leadership role in the emerging field of adaptation!

EPA becomes the “Environmental Adaptation Agency”?

In the final segment of the podcast Doug talks with Dan Ackerstein about a recent article that highlights how federal agencies are scrubbing climate change from their web sites. The article also describes how some agencies might pivot from addressing climate change through mitigation of carbon emissions, to focusing solely on adapting to impacts.   We discuss how this approach could split climate change activists into two camps:  mitigation and adaptation.

Doug states, “Unless we deal with mitigation, none of us will be able to control how we adapt to climate change.”

 

Additional Resources:

Suzanne Perdeaux is a Climate Change Researcher at the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) in Sudbury, Ontario, where she provides communication and research support on climate impacts and adaptation.

Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy: https://dr6j45jk9xcmk.cloudfront.net/documents/4928/climate-change-strategy-en.pdf

Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice: 
https://ccadaptation.ca

OCCIAR: www.climateontario.ca

Masters of Climate Change program:
https://uwaterloo.ca/geography-environmental-management/graduate/master-climate-change

Mashable article on adaptation at Federal Agencies.
http://mashable.com/2017/02/03/trump-epa-climate-website-changes/#EZ24P6TuZkqw

 

More information on Dan Ackerstein

Http://www.ackersteinsustainability.com

 

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Feb 14, 2017

In episode 29 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Keren Bolter, Climate, Policy & GeoSpatial Analyst at the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

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Keren talks about her experiences talking sea level rise with actor Jack Black on the climate change TV series, Years of Living Dangerously (he’s apparently funny in person too – hear about his crank calls to the Florida governor’s office).

Keren digs into the fundamentals of sea level rise and it’s not as simple as it sounds. Basic message:  the seas are rising, some areas more than others. She also explains why south Florida has a higher level of sea level rise than other regions of the country (it involves water traffic jams).

“We’re setting off these sea level rise feedback loops. Things are snowballing and snowballing.”

Keren also describes her experiences doing a Tedex talk.

We also hear about the project Keren is leading, literally going out and measuring sea level rise at the neighborhood level. Keren, armed with a ruler, goes into different modeled areas of south Florida to see if the actual flooding aligns with the models.

We also learn how the communities in south Florida are responding to increased flooding and how the affluence of a neighborhood impacts what infrastructure is in place to divert flooding.  Yes, environmental justice comes into our discussion.

Keren describes how she’s recruited her own kids to help communicate the topic of sea level rise and shares other examples of clever sea level rise themed science communication techniques.  We also hear what an individual can do to address sea level rise.

Although Keren studies one of the most powerful impacts of climate change, she’s actually very optimistic about her work and how local communities can address this threat. In addition, we discuss the economic and tourist impacts of increased flooding and Keren describes the aggressive planning by south Florida governments to address sea level rise. Yes, it’s a fascinating and funny episode, please have a listen!

 

Additional Resources:

Dr. Bolter’s Groundtruthing project (map with locations):

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1d5Dpykq3M7vRolgq8BPY3BJ2ArE&ll=25.895186087073757%2C-80.15447169999999&z=15

Floating above the rising tides debate: Keren Bolter at TEDxMiami 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEhx-Q43Tfo

Building Coastal Flood Hazard Resiliency with a Regional Tools Buffet

http://sfregionalcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Council-Mtg-11_14.pdf?lbisphpreq=1

Sea Level Rise Impact: Communicating the Risks

https://youtu.be/Ws7ZqgWL1fM

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Feb 7, 2017

In episode 28 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Rebecca Beavers of the Climate Change Response Program at the National Park Service. Yes, that Park Service of Federal government fame.  In this fascinating and very practical episode, Rebecca talks about the newly released Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook.  Doug and Rebecca talk about the history of the guidebook and some practical ways to apply what’s in it.

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“We are here to help the parks adapt to climate change.” Dr. Rebecca Beavers, National Park Service

In addition, we are in week three of the new Trump Administration. It is important to note this podcast was recorded three days before Trump’s inauguration. For the record, Dr. Beavers obtained permission through appropriate channels at NPS to participate in this podcast.  The recording occurred under the Obama administration, but the publication of the podcast has been delayed for several weeks into the Trump Administration.

It remains to be seen how active federal agencies, and NPS in particular, will be able to speak out on climate change related work.  But for the time being, listen in as Dr. Beavers – a brilliant and committed public servant - talks about coastal adaptation.  

Doug also talks with Dan Ackerstein about the first few weeks of the Trump administration and what that will mean, based on early actions by Trump, for federal agencies like NPS working on climate change issues.

 

Highlights:

  • Doug and Rebecca talk about the unique mission of the National Park Service.
  • What would it mean to privatize a park?
  • We discuss the realities of parks that will be submerged by sea level rise and what that means for your average park goer’s experience.
  • Learn about all the climate change activities NPS is involved in.
  • Learn the art of making waysides at the parks.
  • In depth discussion of the coastal adaptation handbook.
  • We talk about the role of scenario planning at NPS.
  • We discuss the unique ability of NPS in protecting some of America’s key cultural resources.
  • We discuss the size of the report and the challenges of people taking advantage of it. How does one approach it in a useful way.
  • Is there an opportunity for each park to host its own podcast?
  • We talk about NPS being able to do what they’ve been doing on climate change within a new Trump administration.
  • America’s best idea has done groundbreaking work on climate change and the public will expect it continues to do so!

Additional Resources:

Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook- released Oct 31, 2016- 4th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/coastalhandbook.htm

Coastal Adaptation Strategies Case Studies (Companion to handbook) - Released at COP 21 in Paris, Nov 2015

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/coastaladaptationstrategies.htm

More Coastal Resources

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/coastaladaptation.htm

CR Strategy & Impacts table

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/adaptationforculturalresources.htm

NPS Climate Change

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/index.htm

More on Coastal Geology

https://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/coastal/climate.cfm

More on Ocean & Coastal resources

https://www.nature.nps.gov/water/oceancoastal/index.cfm

Yale Climate Connections Podcast- Statue of Liberty September 2016 http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2016/09/costs-mount-to-protect-statue-of-liberty/

KPBS interview with Rebecca Beavers about broader Climate Change Impacts in the National Park Service http://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/jul/04/scientists-say-climate-change-damaging-national-pa/

Climate Central's report on National Park Service units near New York City at risk from Sea Level Rise http://reports.climatecentral.org/nps/new-york-parks-sea-level-rise/

Ensia- What is a National Park to do about Climate Change https://ensia.com/features/whats-a-national-park-to-do-about-climate-change/

Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities; A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment; Co- author Adaptation and Mitigation Chapter (with Lara Hansen)

Marcy Rockman's Blog post Sea Change: Climate Change and Coastal National Parks https://savingplaces.org/stories/sea-change-climate-change-coastal-national-parks#.WJTlcFMrJpg

 

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Jan 31, 2017

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DOUG PARSONS:  Do you think the Scientist March is a good idea?   ANDY REVKIN:  No.

ANDY REVKIN:  People should visit Woodward County, West Virginia — the most climate skeptical county in the U.S.

ANDY REVKIN:  Nothing we can do right now will change the course of climate change for at least a decade.

In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with legendary journalist, Andy Revkin.  Andy has been a long time reporter for the New York Times, covering climate change science, policy and impacts for decades. Andy also blogged at Dot Earth for the New York times, one of the most popular ‘hang outs’ for those wanting to learn more about global warming. Doug talks with Andy about his recent move to Propublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.  Andy talks about his early days in science journalism, going all the way back to the 1980s when he started working for the now defunct Science Digest. In what becomes almost a climate change history lesson, Andy then explains how global warming awareness grew in the sizzling summer of 1988, with Yellowstone National Park on fire and famed climatologist James Hansen testifying before Congress. As Andy put it regarding his shift to climate reporting after these events, “I never got off the bus.” Discussing climate change with Andy is like rehashing an Indiana Jones movie:  from his visit to the North Pole, writing on the Vatican and global warming, to the policy and science implications of the issue.

Andy has long been associated with his perch at the New York Times and we discuss the details of that identity pivot to Propublica. We talk about his long term goals of writing longer investigative pieces, to highlighting some of the daily reporting he’s done during the first weeks of the Trump administration. Andy discusses the need for anonymous tips in climate reporting and how Propublica has created an encrypted page for these tips.

Other topics covered:

  • Propublica has a section “Steal our stories” that encourages others to repost their work.
  • Andy describes how the Obama administration went through their own secretive information sharing process especially regarding the work of scientists at the EPA.
  • Andy revisits his reporting during the George W. Bush years,. This includes the tampering with NASA research by Bush administration officials.
  • “Science is like putty, unfortunately, in the policy arena,” as Andy describes how administrations handle issues like science.
  • Andy describes how natural gas fracking, went from officially ‘unconventional gas’ to a ‘conventional gas’ supply and how that affected climate emissions trends.
  • For other countries, climate change has become a key issue like trade and security, so Trump just can’t come in and ignore it.
  • Andy describes his own podcast, Warm Regards, which he cohosts with Eric Holthaus and Jacqueline Gill.
  • Andy discusses the positive aspects of adapting to climate change versus fighting global warming through mitigation.
  • Andy thinks focusing on adaptation is a good thing, since it’s a ‘now’ issue, with impacts impacting communities now, whereas mitigation will be an issue that takes decades to address.
  • Encourage America Adapts to go on the road and talk to the communities facing these challenges first hand.

Key Quotes:

  • Doug poased the question, “Do you think the messaging that will come out of the upcoming scientist march on Washington will be helpful?”  Andy responds: “No.” (Again, listen in to hear the nuance behind his answer.)
  • “The global warming problem is too big for Trump to do much about…” meaning Trump’s ability to impact action in a negative way. “He can’t make it worse. Just like Obama couldn’t make it better.” (Listen to get the nuance of these quotes!)
  • “Trump can’t order West Virginia’s miners to go back in the mines” meaning Trump’s ability to get the country to switch back to coal.
  • “The end of coal in America is a done deal, and Trump can’t force that to change.”


Andy’s final message and it’s a great one:  “At the grandest scale, the thing I’ve learned about the climate problem, it is so big and multi-faceted, that everyone can play a role.”

Doug also brings on previous guest, Tristram Korten to discuss reporting in the age of Trump.  Tristram is the reporter who broke the viral story, “Florida Governor Bans Climate Change”.  Tristram and Doug discuss the challenges of journalism in the face of a hostile government and what some options are for those in government who want to share information with reporters.

So please have a listen, it’s an amazing conversation with a legendary figure in climate change circles.

 

Additional Resources:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114029917

For those who didn’t know, Andy is quite the accomplished musician (and toured regularly with the late, great Pete Seeger).

http://j.mp/revkinmusic

Stories in Propublica:

https://www.propublica.org/search/search.php?qss=revkin+climate+trump+obama&x=0&y=0&csrf_token=664986bb133b59015d7ad527eed303a11be63e61a421860d7a81d39a760d75e5

Final Dot Earth Post:

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/my-propublica-move-from-blogging-and-teaching-back-to-deep-digging-on-climate/

Books by Andy
https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Revkin/e/B001IXNSRK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1390325965&sr=1-2-ent

Andy on Twitter:

@revkin

Warm Regards

@ourwarmregards

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Jan 23, 2017

In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Shaun Martin, Senior Director of Adaptation and Resilience at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 

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Doug and Shaun then talk about WWF’s long and storied history in adaptation planning, WWF being one of the first groups to develop its own internal adaptation program.  Shaun walks through the nuts and bolts of developing an adaptation program and what it means for a group that already has a longstanding history of groundbreaking conservation programs.  Shaun discusses the sometimes difficult journey of merging existing conservation efforts with new approaches like adaptation.  Shaun also discusses the key role training plays in adaptation planning at WWF, not only with his staff, but with people working in the field.  The Titanic is used as an analogy for adaption in our discussion, as Shaun walks us through what that means, and it’s not as bleak as you might think.

Shaun provides the insight, that as conservationists, we are not emotionally equipped as adaptionists to deal with the many difficult future decisions on species and ecosystems, in the context of climate change, that will need to be made.  Doug and Shaun discuss the cultural shifts needed in the conservation community to ‘give up’ on species, and are the policy pieces in place to help make those decisions.  Doug and Shaun also discuss the long standing notion of the intrinsic value of nature, why that doesn’t resonate with the broader public, and how adaptation can be a unifying theme between intrinsic value and ecosystem services.

Shaun is an expert is Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) and the two spend considerable time discussing this topic, its similarities to ecosystem service, and how it’s been used in the field.

Other topics covered:

  • Does EBA offer the US Department of Agriculture a way forward to invest more in adaptation funding?
  • Comparing adaptation to pornography to make a point: I know it when I see it!
  • Doug and Shaun count down their top 3 challenges of communicating adaptation.
  • Shaun discusses how his WWF adaptation team went through a communication training, learning how to talk adaptation with donors, the public, field staff, and more.

Mentioned in This Episode:

 

Additional Resources:

Free interactive courses and training activities for conservationists on climate change adaptation basics developed by Shaun. Available in multiple languages.

Watch Shaun's recent webinar, "Learning to Live with Climate Change: What Educators need to know." with the North America Association for Environmental Education. 

https://naaee.org/eepro/learning/webinars/learning-live-climate-change-what

In A Changing Climate, We Need Nature To Save Us From Ourselves

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shaun-martin/in-a-changing-climate-we-_b_11800250.html

EbA Revisited: disentangling misconceptions about nature and adaptation

http://www.climateprep.org/stories/2016/6/14/eba-revisited-part-1-disentangling-misconceptions-about-nature-and-adaptation?rq=Shaun%20Martin

Adaptation strategies: Invest in natural capital

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/adapting-climate-change-road-less-travelled

5 Things You (Probably) Didn't Learn in Business School

https://www.worldwildlife.org/blogs/on-balance/posts/5-things-you-probably-didn-t-learn-in-business-school

Embracing Uncertainty: Is It Really That Hard?

http://www.climateprep.org/stories/2016/3/1/embracing-uncertainty-is-it-really-that-hard?rq=Shaun%20Martin

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