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America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. Join your host, Doug Parsons for America's leading podcast on climate change - America Adapts! Each week, Doug sits down with thinkers, scientists, activists, policymakers, and journalists to discuss the tough questions facing this country and the world as we confront humanity's greatest challenge. Question your assumptions, refresh your perspective, and become part of the climate movement that will determine our planet's future, right here on the America Adapts podcast.
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Apr 22, 2019

In episode 88 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons interviews Dr. Marcy Rockman, cultural resource and climate adaptation expert. Marcy, until recently, was the Cultural Resources Adaptation Coordinator for the National Park Service and is now the IPCC Team Lead with the International Council on Monuments and Sites Climate Change and Heritage Working Group. Marcy and I discuss her time at the Park Service, developing the first of its kind cultural resource and climate change white paper. We also talk about how climate change will impact historic sites and how it’s a threat multiplier.  Marcy also discusses the tension at the Park Service between natural resources and cultural resources which ultimately led to her leaving the NPS. Hear about these issues and much more!

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Other Topics covered:

  • Is time more important than resources?
  • When do historic sites stop making history?
  • Climate change is a threat multiplier for cultural history.
  • Has the NPS ever let a park or resource ‘go’ due to climate change?
  • Some historic sites are ‘frozen in time’ but climate change may allow them to start making history again.
  • Should we let Ft. Jefferson in Florida fall apart into the sea?
  • Tension at NPS on natural resources versus historic preservation.
  • Natural resource parks and cultural resources parks are sometimes treated in a gender oriented way. Nat resources the masculine, cultural the more feminine.
  • History of the cultural resources memo at NPS and what went into it.

Links in this episode:
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/upload/NPS-2016_Cultural-Resoures-Climate-Change-Strategy.pdf
https://grist.org/article/national-park-service-climate-change-jamestown/
https://medium.com/@marcyrockman/how-to-pack-a-cultural-suitcase-d8c02a6c455d
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/417022-head-of-nps-climate-change-adaption-program-resigns
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aRl9tgTW3-XCEjNOtfxp2XG6ZpIs_BSv/view
https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2018/11/nps-climate-change-adaptation-head-quits-over-lack-support


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Apr 8, 2019

In episode 87 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons interviews Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte. Kyle is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs at Michigan State University. Kyle is also an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Kyle and I discuss how indigenous people define urgency in the face of climate change, managed retreat for tribal communities, the national climate assessment and tribal issues, the sometimes controversial relationship between tribes and climate scientists, climate change’s role in ongoing colonization of indigenous people, effective tribal engagement and much more in a fascinating and sometimes raw conversation.

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Other Topics covered:

  • Fundamentals of indigenous people and climate adaptation.
  • Tribal people have historically ‘adapted’ to environmental change many times.
  • What does managed retreat mean for tribal people?
  • Is history repeating itself with displacing native people in response to climate change?
  • Can existing tribal treaty rights be used as a legal tool to combat climate change?
  • How did the recent national climate assessment do on tribal issues (hint: pretty well);
  • Does tribal integrity help with adapting to climate change more effectively?
  • For tribes, resilience is cultural and spiritual, and something always done by tribes.
  • Indigenous people can define climate urgency and intrinsic value differently than western cultures.
  • The challenges of tribal engagement, from both tribal perspective and western cultures.
  • Does tribal ‘bureaucracy’ inhibit climate adaptation and partner building?
  • The sometimes controversial relationship between tribes and climate scientists.

Raw transcripts of this episode are available here.

Links in this episode:
https://risingvoices.ucar.edu/
https://kylewhyte.cal.msu.edu/climate-justice/
https://kylewhyte.cal.msu.edu/
https://kylewhyte.cal.msu.edu/about/
https://www.potawatomi.org/


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Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

For more information on this podcast, visit the website at http://www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.  

Podcast Music produce by Richard Haitz Productions
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Producer Dan Ackerstein
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Mar 27, 2019

He’s back! In episode 86 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons interviews famed climatologist Dr. Michael Mann.  Dr. Mann is the author of the famous ‘hockey stick’ climate research that has become one of the iconic images in the climate movement. This is Dr. Mann’s second appearance on America Adapts. In this episode, we discuss: winning the Tyler Prize (the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Prize); the quickly emerging issue of climate adaptation; Trump’s climate policies being worse than our worst case predictions; academic freedom and climate denial; the new generation of outspoken climate scientists and the worldwide climate youth movement!     

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Other Topics covered:

  • Discussing the Tyler Prize and his co winner Dr. Warren Washington, a trailblazer in climate modeling.
  • Discussing people living with climate impacts today and how that undermines President Trump’s climate skepticism.
  • Climate trolls and how to counter them.
  • Climate deniers harassment has led to a new generation of battle ready climate scientists.
  • Trump administration burying the National Climate Assessment.
  • Appointing skeptics and why universities protect the few climate skeptics with PhDs.
  • How the issue of adaptation has become more prominent for climate scientists.
  • Mann wants America Adapts to interview Donald Trump!
  • And finally the exciting development of the Youth climate movement!


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Links in this episode
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https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/updates/mann-tyler.cfm
https://news.psu.edu/story/558486/2019/02/12/research/michael-mann-awarded-2019-tyler-prize-environmental-achievement
https://www.ucsusa.org/how-fossil-fuel-industry-harassed-climate-scientist-michael-mann
http://www.michaelmann.net/


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Podcasts in the Classroom
- Use this episode in your classroom, discussion guides available below.

Episode 83 discussion guides available here. This episode is especially relevant for workforce trainings, be sure to check it out!

Episode 82 with Signe Nielsen (New York Adapts to Climate Change) Discussion Guide here.

For a list of general questions that we believe are useful for classroom discussions about podcast more generally, see the exemplar guide available here.


“Watch” America Adapts on the Climate Monitor tv channel. For more information, here.

Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
If you are interested in having Doug speak at corporate and conference events, sharing his unique, expert perspective on adaptation in an entertaining and informative way, more information can be found here!

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List of Previous Guests on America Adapts

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Directions on how to listen to America Adapts on Amazon Alexa
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America Adapts also has its own app for your listening pleasure!  Just visit the App store on Apple or Google Play on Android and search “America Adapts.”

Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

For more information on this podcast, visit the website at http://www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.  

Podcast Music produce by Richard Haitz Productions
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Producer Dan Ackerstein
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Mar 11, 2019

In episode 85 of America Adapts – a true event episode - Doug Parsons interviews the hosts of some of your favorite climate change podcasts!  Warm Regards, Climactic, No Place Like Home, Climate Ready, Climate One, The Climate and Security Podcast, MIT’s Climate Conversations and Reversing Climate change all join Doug on the pod to share their stories.  Learn what inspired them to start their podcasts, the types of guests they host and their insight on why podcasts are a great platform to create awareness around  climate change. This episode will truly inspire you as you go behind the scenes on what it takes to host a climate podcast.  The hosts are scientists, journalists, activists and educators, all bringing their unique style to their shows. For the first time in a podcast, a single episode highlights some of your favorite climate podcasters. You’re going to love this episode! 

Podcasters, in order of appearance:

  1. Warm Regards (02:02) with host Jacquelyn Gill
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  2. Climactic (17:52) with Mark Spencer and Rich Bowden
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  3. The Climate and Security Podcast (34:31) with Sweta Chakraborty
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  4. No Place Like Home (48:00) with Anna Jane Joyner & Mary Anne Hitt
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  5. Climate Ready (1:06) with Ingrid Timboe and Alex Mauroner
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  6. Climate Conversations (1:21) with MIT’s Curt Newton
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  7. Reversing Climate Change (1:33) with Ross Kenyon
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  8. Climate One (1:46) with Greg Dalton
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@JacquelynGill
@maryannehitt
@nplhpodcast
https://twitter.com/nplhpodcast
https://twitter.com/annajanejoyner
@ClimateMIT
@qwertnewto
@climateone

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Podcasts in the Classroom - Use this episode in your classroom, discussion guides available below.

Episode 84 discussion guides available here.

Episode 83 discussion guides available here. This episode is especially relevant for workforce trainings, be sure to check it out!

Episode 82 with Signe Nielsen (New York Adapts to Climate Change) Discussion Guide here.

For a list of general questions that we believe are useful for classroom discussions about podcast more generally, see the exemplar guide available here.


“Watch” America Adapts on the Climate Monitor tv channel. For more information, here.

Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
If you are interested in having Doug speak at corporate and conference events, sharing his unique, expert perspective on adaptation in an entertaining and informative way, more information can be found here!

Now on Spotify!


List of Previous Guests on America Adapts

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/america-adapts-climate-change/id1133023095?mt=2
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The best climate change podcasts on The Climate Advisor

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Directions on how to listen to America Adapts on Amazon Alexa

https://youtu.be/949R8CRpUYU

America Adapts also has its own app for your listening pleasure!  Just visit the App store on Apple or Google Play on Android and search “America Adapts.”

Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

For more information on this podcast, visit the website at http://www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.  

Podcast Music produce by Richard Haitz Productions
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Producer Dan Ackerstein
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Feb 25, 2019

In episode 84 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons interviews Dr. Jesse Keenan, from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Jesse recently published a book Climate Adaptation Finance and  Investment in California. Also, Jesse answers questions from listeners on the general “State of Adaptation.” Topics covered in this episode:  adaptation finance, understanding ‘maladaptation’, differences between finance and funding; social equity and much, much more!   

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Other Topics covered:

  • Defining the field of climate finance relating to adaptation.
  • What we give up by not adapting.
  • California’s approach to mitigation and adaptation
  • Financing large scale climate communications.
  • Social equity and the opportunity adaptation provides.
  • The current state of climate change podcasts and much, much more!
  • The role of foundations in experimenting in adaptation planning.
  • Disaster capitalism and could we see an Enron type situation in adaptation.

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Links in this episode:
https://www.routledge.com/Climate-Adaptation-Finance-and-Investment-in-California/Keenan/p/book/9780367026073
https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/jesse-keenan/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA80pmg4pGc
https://scholar.harvard.edu/jessemkeenan/videos

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Podcasts in the Classroom
- Use this episode in your classroom, discussion guides available below.

Episode 83 discussion guides available here. This episode is especially relevant for workforce trainings, be sure to check it out!

Episode 82 with Signe Nielsen (New York Adapts to Climate Change) Discussion Guide here.

For a list of general questions that we believe are useful for classroom discussions about podcast more generally, see the exemplar guide available here.


“Watch” America Adapts on the Climate Monitor tv channel. For more information, here.

Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
If you are interested in having Doug speak at corporate and conference events, sharing his unique, expert perspective on adaptation in an entertaining and informative way, more information can be found here!

Now on Spotify!

List of Previous Guests on America Adapts

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Facebook and Twitter:
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@Jesse_M_Keenan

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The best climate change podcasts on The Climate Advisor
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Directions on how to listen to America Adapts on Amazon Alexa
https://youtu.be/949R8CRpUYU

America Adapts also has its own app for your listening pleasure!  Just visit the App store on Apple or Google Play on Android and search “America Adapts.”

Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

For more information on this podcast, visit the website at http://www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.  

Podcast Music produce by Richard Haitz Productions
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America Adapts on Facebook!  
Join the America Adapts Facebook Community Group.
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Producer Dan Ackerstein
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Doug can be contacted at americaadapts @ g mail . com

Feb 11, 2019

In episode 83 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons interviews planner Deanna Moran and environmental lawyer, Elena Mihaly, from the Conservation Law Foundation.  Deanna and Elena come on to talk about their new report, Climate Adaptation and Legal Liability. Other topics include:  current court cases relevant to adaptation and climate change; using legal liability as a tool to affect policy decisions; the need to update building codes to reflect climate threats; what industries and sectors are most vulnerable to adaptation litigation and how will the legal system evolve with adaptation court cases. These topics and much, much more!

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Topics covered:

  • Using legal liability to change social behavior.
  • History of their adaptation and liability report
  • How the law will impact the diversity of sectors involved with adaptation.
  • New climate tools make it easier to use this type of evidence in court cases.
  • Discuss current Exxon case before the courts involving adaptation planning.
  • What sectors in society will have to be most sensitive to climate liability.
  • Why targeting the building codes is a strategic way to deal with climate liability.
  • Why do court cases take so long and will that be too late to affect adaptation?
  • The resignation of PG&E CEO and the role of adaptation liability in that decision.

Links in this episode:
https://www.clf.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/GRC_CLF_Report_R8.pdf
https://www.clf.org/about/our-team/deanna-moran/
https://www.clf.org/about/our-team/elena-mihaly/
https://dirt.asla.org/2018/11/08/welcome-to-the-age-of-climate-liability/
Previous Episode of America Adapts mentioned in this episode, “You Can’t Handle the Truth: Sea Level Rise and the Law.

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Podcasts in the Classroom - Use this episode in your classroom, discussion guides available here.

Episode 82 with Signe Nielsen (New York Adapts to Climate Change) Discussion Guide here.


For a list of general questions that we believe are useful for classroom discussions about podcast more generally, see the exemplar guide available here.

Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
If you are interested in having Doug speak at corporate and conference events, sharing his unique, expert perspective on adaptation in an entertaining and informative way, more information can be found here!

Now on Spotify!


List of Previous Guests on America Adapts

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Facebook and Twitter:

@usaadapts

https://www.facebook.com/americaadapts/timeline
www.americaadapts.org

Subscribe to America Adapts on Apple Podcasts
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/america-adapts-climate-change/id1133023095?mt=2
On Google Play here.
Please share on Facebook!

The best climate change podcasts on The Climate Advisor
http://theclimateadvisor.com/the-best-climate-change-podcasts/

Directions on how to listen to America Adapts on Amazon Alexa
https://youtu.be/949R8CRpUYU


America Adapts also has its own app for your listening pleasure!  Just visit the App store on Apple or Google Play on Android and search “America Adapts.”

Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

For more information on this podcast, visit the website at http://www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.  

Podcast Music produce by Richard Haitz Productions
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America Adapts on Facebook!  
Join the America Adapts Facebook Community Group.
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Producer Dan Ackerstein
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Doug can be contacted at americaadapts @ g mail . com

Jan 28, 2019

In episode 82 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons interviews Signe Nielsen, a landscape architect based in New York City.  Signe has been working on projects in NYC for decades and we discuss how climate change adaptation is being addressed in the city.  We discuss the impact of Superstorm Sandy and the challenges of keeping people safe and ensuring the people of New York are not cut off from the coasts by rising seas and rising sea walls.  We also talk about managed retreat, rethinking ecological systems, the new ethics of climate change for landscape architects and much, much more!

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Topics covered:

  • The 3 basic principles for designing for the future.
  • The long term impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York’s infrastructure and psyche.
  • What sea level rise means for a landscape architect.
  • Pondering NYC’s future with sea walls surrounding the city.
  • The role of the city’s Public Design Commission in dealing with climate change.
  • How to navigate the climate change adaptation bureaucracy in NYC.
  • The history of Pier 42 and the challenges of community engagement on this project.
  • Managed retreat and it’s future in NYC.
  • Will NYC need to rethink what a natural system is in regards to coastlines.
  • What do landscape architect programs need for a new generation of professionals. Are they factoring in climate change?
  • Should landscape architects adhere to a climate change ethical code?

Signe’s Model Adaptation Project mentioned in the episode:
http://www.pier55.com/

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Podcasts in the Classroom - Use this episode in your classroom, discussion guides available here.

Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
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Now on Spotify!

List of Previous Guests on America Adapts

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Facebook and Twitter:
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https://www.facebook.com/americaadapts/timeline
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Instagram:  america_adapts


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On Google Play here.
Please share on Facebook!

Links in this episode:
https://www.aiany.org/news/climate-change-in-nyc-bridging-science-and-practice/
https://www.mnlandscape.com/people/signe_nielsen
https://www.architects.org/architectureboston/articles/case-study-complexity
https://dirt.asla.org/2017/11/14/five-years-after-superstorm-sandy-is-new-york-city-better-prepared-for-the-next-storm/
http://www.downtownexpress.com/2015/03/26/signe-nielsen/


The best climate change podcasts on The Climate Advisorhttp://theclimateadvisor.com/the-best-climate-change-podcasts/


Directions on how to listen to America Adapts on Amazon Alexahttps://youtu.be/949R8CRpUYU

America Adapts also has its own app for your listening pleasure!  Just visit the App store on Apple or Google Play on Android and search “America Adapts.”

Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

For more information on this podcast, visit the website at http://www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.  

Podcast Music produce by Richard Haitz Productions
Write a review on Apple Podcasts!
America Adapts on Facebook!  
Join the America Adapts Facebook Community Group.
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Producer Dan Ackerstein
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Doug can be contacted at americaadapts @ g mail . com

Jan 14, 2019

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In episode 81 of America Adapts - the third in a 4-part flooding series sponsored by World Wildlife Fund - Doug Parsons attends the Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) Symposium in Santa Cruz, California. The Symposium was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, with disaster and flooding experts participating from all over the world. Doug and Anita Van Breda, of World Wildlife Fund, interviewed these experts on topics ranging from nature based solutions, community engagement, to the history the Army Corps. We also visited some field sites to learn about on the ground adaptation efforts in the San Francisco Bay area. 

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Topics covered:

  • The role of Nature based solutions in flood risk management.
  • The critical role of community and stakeholder engagement.
  • History of flood management with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Collaborating with international partners on nature based solutions to flooding.
  • International examples of disasters and community engagement.
  • On the ground adaptation examples of sea level rise mitigation.
  • The “how tos” of community engagement.
  • Developing guidelines for nature based solutions to climate change and flooding.

Experts in this episode:
Anita Van Breda, WWF
Dr. Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Enda Murphy, Senior Marine Infrastructure Research Engineer, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Cath Brooks, Senior Engagement Adviser, Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency, United Kingdom
Dr. Maria Dillard, Research Social Scientist with Community Resilience Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Executive Producer
Anita Van Breda, World Wildlife Fund


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https://ewn.el.erdc.dren.mil/bios/bio_bridges_todd.html
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-with-natural-processes-to-reduce-flood-risk
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Dec 18, 2018

In episode 80 of America Adapts, Doug Parson joins World Wildlife Fund’s Shaun Martin to take a behind the scenes look at how WWF is adapting conservation to the new realities of climate change and helping governments prepare for the future in ways that ensure a place for nature. During this 8-month journey, Doug follows how WWF is developing a simple process to integrate climate change risks into its strategies and documents the challenges and triumphs they face along the way. This episode features WWF staff from 20 countries on 5 continents, telling stories on a wide range of topics including elephants, super-typhoons, and urban water scarcity – all served up with a strong dose of instant coffee and a side of chicken gizzards!

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Featured in this Episode (in order of appearance)
Shaun Martin, WWF US
Kate Teperman, WWF Vietnam
Eduardo Rendón Salinas, WWF Mexico
Harisoa Hasina Rakotondrazafy, WWF Madagascar
Gia Ibay, WWF Philippines
Jacob Etunganan, WWF Uganda
Kgaugelo Chiloane, WWF South Africa
Isaiah Owiunji, WWF Uganda
Sandeep Chamling Rai, WWF Global Practice Expert for Adaptation

Philip Odhiambo, WWF Kenya
Enkhee Devee, WWF Mongolia
Chris Weber, WWF Global Climate and Energy Lead Scientist
Masood Arshad, WWF Pakistan
Matyas Farkas, WWF Hungary
Judy Oglethorpe, WWF US
Oscar Guevara, WWF Colombia
Nadia Bood, WWF Central America/Belize
Mariana Chavez, WWF Mexico
Maggie Kinnaird, Global Wildlife Practice Leader
Arjette Stevens, WWF Netherlands
Nikhil Advani, WWF US
Gavin Jolis, WWF Malaysia
Melissa de Kok, WWF Norway
John Morrison, WWF US
Ninel Escobar Montecinos, WWF Mexico


For additional learning - related episodes on climate change and nature conservation

Episode 59: Dan Ashe, Zoos and Aquariums Adapt to Climate Change
Episode 57: Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes – The Snow Leopard
Episode 28: Rebecca Beaver, National Parks Adapt to Climate Change
Episode 26: Shaun Martin, The Intrinsic Value of Climate Change Adaptation
Episode 17: Lara Hansen and Jennie Hoffman, Climate Savvy, Adaptation Threesome and the National Adaptation Forum!
Episode 15: M.R. O’Connor, De-Extinction, Climate Change and the Future of Conservation: A Podcast with author
Episode 14: Evelyn Gaiser, Sea Level Rise, the Florida Everglades and the role of research in adaptation
Episode 10: Dennis Figg, Show me Adaptation in the Show me State! Wildlife Adaptation in Missouri
Episode 8: Rebecca Esselman, Rivers, watersheds and climate change adaptation!
Episode 3: Nikhil Advani, Adapting at World Wildlife Fund
Episode 2: Molly Cross, Adaptation Funding and Shovel Ready Adaptation
Episode 1: Nick Fisichelli, Scenario Planning and Adaptation in the National Parks


Resources from WWF
WWF Adapt Free, interactive and brief online courses covering climate change and adaptation basics for conservationists and their allies. Available in 7 languages.

Environment and Disaster Management WWF’s portal for disaster managers and conservationists with resources to help reduce disaster risk and recover from disasters using environmentally responsible practices.

WWF Climate Crowd Explore this crowdsourcing project to learn about how vulnerable communities are affected by changes in climate and weather, how they are responding, and how their responses impact the natural environment.

Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund This initiative supports the testing of new ideas that have potential to reduce the vulnerability of wildlife to changes in climate through on-the-ground projects.

Third Pole GeoLab Explore how climate change is affecting communities and snow leopards in Asia’s High Mountains through interactive maps and stories.


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Shaun Martin, World Wildlife Fund

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Dec 14, 2018

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In episode 79 of America Adapts, we’re celebrating the third annual Holiday Special.  Professor Ladd Keith of the University of Arizona and Shaun Martin, of World Wildlife Fund, join Doug in person at “Rancho Adapto” to discuss each of their top 3 climate stories of the year; their favorite America Adapts episode for the past year and the state of adaptation. It’s a lively and entertaining conversation with three adaptation pros!  Bonus section, Dr. Lara Hansen and Lauren Lynch, of EcoAdapt, come on to give a preview of the 2019 National Adaptation Forum, which occur April 23-25th in Madison, Wisconsin. 

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Experts in this episode:
Shaun Martin, Senior Director of Adaptation and Resilience at World Wildlife Fund
Ladd Keith, Chair of the Sustainable Built Environments program and Planning Lecturer at the University of Arizona


Links in this episode:
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http://www.laddkeith.com/
http://www.nationaladaptationforum.org/

Discussed in this episode, "Podcasts in the classroom". Check out this page for more information.


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Nov 19, 2018

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In episode 78 of America Adapts - the second in a 4-part flooding series sponsored by World Wildlife Fund - Doug Parsons talks with three experts using art to communicate the risks associated with flooding.  Catherine Sarah Young, Dr. Elizabeth Miller and Dr. Vidya Venkataramanan join the podcast to discuss their experiences using art and design for community engagement and how that can be relevant to flood managers.  

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Experts in this episode:
Anita Van Breda, WWF
Catherine Sarah Young
Dr. Elizabeth Miller, a Documentary Maker & Professor in Communication Studies based at Concordia, in Montreal, Canada
Dr. Vidya Venkataramanan, postdoctoral fellow in the anthropology department at Northwestern University.

Topics covered
:

  • Addressing flood risk through creative communication.
  • Flooding and the role of community engagement for outreach.
  • Video and audio resources for community engagement around flood management.
  • Getting comfortable using art to communicate science.
  • Merging technology and art to tell a story.
  • The role of story telling in community engagement.
  • How does art affect behavior change and learning.
  • Art and design in adaptation planning.
  • Developing comprehensive approaches to flood management and disaster communication.
  • And much more!

Executive Producer
Anita Van Breda, World Wildlife Fund


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Flood Green Guide:
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theshorelineproject.org
Swampscapes.org
www.theperceptionalist.com
https://www.anthropology.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/research-postdoctoral/vidya-venkataramanan,-mph-phd.html

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Nov 9, 2018

In episode 77 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons is joined by author and professor, Elizabeth Rush. Elizabeth discusses her recent book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. Doug and Elizabeth dig in to the positive reaction it’s received, her book tour, and they take a deep dive on how vulnerability to climate change relates to the #MeToo movement. It’s a provocative and enlightening conversation. And we have a bit of fun too.  

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Topics covered:

  • The origins of the book Rising.
  • How communities are ‘letting go’ and retreating from coastlines.
  • What Hurricane Katrina means for New Orleans’ identity.
  • When “resilience” is a dirty word.
  •  “Parallel vulnerabilities,” comparing sexual harassment with sea level rise vulnerability...yes, you have to listen to understand this provocative thought.
  • Dealing with sexual harassment as a writer and professor.
  • Those at risk of sexual harassment, and those at risk in highly vulnerability coastal areas, can find support through coming together. A new #WeAdapt movement.
  • Elizabeth wants us to use ‘vulnerability as a rallying cry”
  • Discusses her book tour, and having to get evacuated from a hike due to wildfires in California
  • Does coastal retreat mean you have to fracture existing communities?
  • What’s it like to become a ‘climate persona/celebrity’?
  • Who will play Elizabeth and Doug in the movie version of Rising, and much more!

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Links in this episode:

Elizabeth Rush
http://elizabethrush.net/

NY Times Review of “Rising”
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/17/books/review/rising-elizabeth-rush.html

Find information on the book “Rising” here:
https://milkweed.org/book/rising
https://www.amazon.com/Rising-Dispatches-New-American-Shore/dp/1571313672

Podcasts in the Classroom. Discussion guides and more information available here:
http://americaadapts.org/about/services/podcasts-in-the-classroom/

Doug’s appearance on A Sustainable Mind podcast:
http://asustainablemind.com/doug-parsons-of-america-adapts-podcast/

Article on using podcasts in the Classroom:
https://naaee.org/eepro/blog/are-you-using-podcast-your-classroom-you


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Oct 18, 2018

In episode 76 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons takes a journey to Queensland, Australia to learn how Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies are adapting to climate change. Learn how these unique organizations are engaging with their rural communities on this important topic. Doug talks with experts from these NRM bodies ; aboriginal efforts at adaptation and carbon sequestration; and hear from two long time outback ranchers on what it means to work the land, how climate change is impacting that landscape and how to engage with rural communities. It’s an amazing episode with some truly unique Australian characters.

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Topics covered
:

  • Natural Resource Management bodies and their role in Queensland
  • The role of NRM bodies in climate adaptation.
  • Challenges of bringing various sectors, e.g., agriculture and conservation, sector together.
  • First nation efforts at adaptation and carbon sequestration.
  • Life on a cattle and sheep ranch in outback Australia.
  • Making inroads on climate adaptation in rural communities.
  • The Great Barrier Reef hurts inland adaptation.
  • And other stories of climate adaptation in the Outback!

Experts in this episode:

Andrew Drysdale, recently the Executive Officer, NRM Queensland
Rowan Foley, General Manager of The Carbon Fund, Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people, Traditional Owners of Fraser Island
Samantha Morris, Managing Director of Wombat Creative and Blank Gold Coast Editor
Bob Speirs, Advisor on climate risk, natural resource and environmental management
Ann Ballinger, Retired rancher and former board member Desert Channels
Peter Douglas
, Retired Grazer and former Chair of Desert Channels Queensland.


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Links in this episode:

http://www.qmdc.org.au/
https://www.nrmrq.org.au/about-us/our-team/
https://dcq.org.au/
http://aboriginalcarbonfund.com.au/
https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/3586463/desert-channels-boss-looks-back/
http://www.wombatcreative.com.au/our-team/
http://blankgc.com.au/


Doug’s appearance on A Sustainable Mind podcast:
http://asustainablemind.com/doug-parsons-of-america-adapts-podcast/

Article on using podcasts in the Classroom:
https://naaee.org/eepro/blog/are-you-using-podcast-your-classroom-you


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Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

For more information on this podcast, visit the website at http://www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.  

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Oct 1, 2018

“We just had a 500 year flood. Well, we’ve had eight 500 or 100 year floods in the last two years. What does that mean? I think it’s time to stop calling it that and just start calling it…life.”  Cherri Foytlin, of Diné and Cherokee Tribes.

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In episode 75 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons takes a journey with the Freedom to Breath bus tour on location in New Orleans. During his visit, Doug attends a town hall on women and minority groups talking about climate resilience; a visit to Africatown to learn about the legacy of racism and environmental pollution and a visit to a protest community that is also serving as a gateway for refugees fleeing storm events and climate change. Women, tribal members, people of color and members of the LGBT community talk about how climate uniquely impacts them and what steps they are taking to adapt to climate change. It’s an exciting episode, with interviews with minority voices on the front lines of climate change. 

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Topics covered
:

  • Discover the long term legacy of Hurricane Katrina
  • Does ensuring reproductive rights for women improve their ability to adapt to climate change?
  • Building resilience of women ensures the entire community is more resilient.
  • Economic security of women also plays a factor in effective adaptation.
  • Mental health disorders and the impact of storm events.
  • Mental health systems are going to have adapt to climate change.
  • How does New Orleans plan for climate change and sea level rise.
  • Learn how tribal communities in Louisiana are adapting to climate change.
  • How native plants play a role in local adaptation.
  • Transgender people and their unique vulnerability to climate change.

Experts in this episode:

Anne Coglianese, Coastal Resilience Program Manager, City of New Orleans
Michelle Erenberg, Executive Director, Lift Louisiana
Cherri Foytlin, of Diné and Cherokee Tribes.
Denese Shervington, MD/MPH, President & CEO, Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies
Prof. Tammy Greer, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
Quentin Bell, Executive Director, The Knights & Orchids Society
Colette Pichon Battle, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy Center


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NOLA Video: https://www.facebook.com/ClimateNexus/videos/464925990679929
@usaadapts
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www.americaadapts.org


Links in this episode:

Freedom to Breathe Material:
https://www.freedomtobreathe.org
https://sojo.net/articles/when-freedom-breathe-privilege
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/a-bus-tour-through-the-past-present-and-future-of-environmental-justice
https://thinkprogress.org/katrina-survivors-call-for-reproductive-rights-in-face-of-climate-change-14269bc20549/
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/climate-change-global-climate-action-summit/568069/


Art work on Freedom to Breathe Bus
http://celestebyers.com
https://www.instagram.com/celestialterrestrial/
@celestialterrestrial

NAAEE article on using podcasts in the Classroom:
https://naaee.org/eepro/blog/are-you-using-podcast-your-classroom-you


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Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

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Sep 14, 2018

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In episode 74 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with flood management experts, both in the US and abroad.  Discover the history of flood management in the US.  We also learn how the Netherlands plans for 1 in 10,000 year flood events.  The guests in this episode also discuss nature based solutions to flood management. World Wildlife Fund’s Anita Van Breda shares information on the recently released Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guide (aka the Flood Green Guide), developed by WWF and its partners, as a tool for natural based solutions to flooding.  This is the first episode in a 3 part series, sponsored by World Wildlife Fund.

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Experts in this episode:
Anita Van Breda, WWF
Dr. Steve Stockton
Dr. Bregje van Wesenbeeck
Dr. Jeff Opperman

Topics covered:

  • Discuss history of flood management.
  • How developing and developed countries approach flood management.
  • What do we know about the effectiveness of green infrastructure and what do we still need to learn?
  • What’s kept us from truly reforming flood plain management?
  • Flood management in the Netherlands.
  • The science behind nature based solutions to flooding.
  • And much more!


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Flood Green Guide:
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Dr. Steve Stockton:  http://www.dawsonassociates.com/stockton-steven/
Dr. Bregje van Wesenbeeck https://www.deltares.nl/en/experts/bregje-van-wesenbeeck-2/
Dr. Jeff Opperman:  https://www.worldwildlife.org/experts/jeff-opperman
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Aug 20, 2018

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In episode 73 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Arielle Gold, Olympic medalist in snowboarding about her work with Protect our Winters, an advocacy group working to mobilize the outdoor sports community on climate change.  Arielle also talks about her experiences as a snowboarder in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in Russia and her medal winning turn at the Pyeongyang Winter Games in Korea.  Arielle discusses the snow conditions at the Sochi games and how climate change influenced those discussions. Doug and Arielle also discuss the role of professional athletes in creating greater awareness around climate change.  If you want to go behind the scenes with an Olympian and learn more about the impact of climate change on winter sports, this episode covers it all! 

Topics covered:

  • Arielle describes her history snowboarding and what it’s like to win an Olympic Medal!
  • The snow conditions at the Sochi Winter Games in Russia and the role of climate change in those conditions.
  • Protect our Winters and its role in mobilizing the outdoor community on climate change.
  • The role and responsibilities of famous athletes to speak out on climate issues.
  • These topics and much more!

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https://twitter.com/arielletgold?lang=enFirst Female Double Cork move in Snowboarding
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Arielle Gold wins Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe silver | X Games Aspen 2018
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Arielle Gold Today Show Olympic Interview | LIVE 2-13-18
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Aug 6, 2018

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In episode 72 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with the CEO of The Collider Josh Dorfman.  The Collider is a non profit organization working with individuals and companies to develop big data climate applications. They also are fostering the development of a climate ‘ecosystem’, through networking and creating a major hub for adaptation in Asheville, North Carolina. Josh also shares his experiences as The Lazy Environmentalist. It’s a fun, informative conversation with a new, innovative voice in the adaptation universe.

Topics covered:

  • History and purpose of The Collider;
  • Commercialization of climate tech ventures through startup bootcamps, skills-based workshops, and mentorship programs;
  • Connecting industry leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, adaptation innovators, and climate scientists at conferences, climate data hackathons, and business;
  • Creating a climate adaptation ecosystem in Asheville, North Carolina;
  • The challenges of doing reliable business of big data risk modeling;
  • The Lazy Environmentalist;
  • Is there a need for The Lazy Adapter
  • Josh and Doug discuss The Hopeful Adapter and much more!

Bio:
Josh Dorfman is Chief Executive Officer of The Collider. An environmental entrepreneur, author, and media personality, he focuses on scaling mission-driven organizations and connecting them to mainstream audiences. He was Vice President of Marketing for GoodGuide, a “TechCrunch 50” provider of information on the health, green, and ethical performance of consumer products. Josh was also founder & CEO of Vivavi, a pioneering retailer of modern, sustainable furniture, named to Inc. Magazine’s “Green 50” as an innovator accelerating the green economy.  Josh is perhaps best known as the Creator and Host of The Lazy Environmentalist, an award-winning reality TV show on Sundance Channel, radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, book series, and blog. He and his ventures have been widely profiled including in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times and on Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, and The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch. Before joining The Collider, Josh led Venture Asheville, a public-private initiative to grow Asheville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. He co-founded and directed Asheville Angels, an early-stage angel investor group with portfolio investments in cleantech, EV infrastructure, and numerous other industries.  Josh holds an MBA from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Aug 3, 2018

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In episode 71, we celebrate the two year anniversary of America Adapts! Yes, we’ve been producing episodes for two years, thanks to listeners like you! In this episode, we have a special guest host, Shaun Martin, Senior Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience. Shaun and Doug dig into the history of America Adapts, highlights from episodes and what the future holds. Thanks again to all my listeners!

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Jul 23, 2018

In episode 70 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons celebrates two years of America Adapts by talking with Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, a policy analyst in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Center for Public Health Policy.  Natasha leads the Natural Environment portfolio focusing on water, air and climate change.  Doug and Natasha cover such topics as the role of APHA in addressing climate impacts on public health; environmental justice and equity; the roles of nurses, doctors and clinics in climate building awareness, and much more!

Topics covered:

  • What is APHA’s role and responsibilities in climate change;
  • APHA has identified “Climate change as the greatest public health threat”;
  • Elevating the urgency around climate change through its public health impacts, e.g., less from the Ebola outbreak;
  • Environmental justice and equity and public health;
  • Learning from the Tobacco wars and applying to climate change awareness;
  • Health providers are first line of climate communication with the public;
  • What the Centers for Disease Control is and isn’t doing on climate change;

Bio:
Dr. Natasha DeJarnett is a graduate of the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky where she completed her PhD in Public Health (2013) and Masters of Public Health (2009), both concentrating in environmental health sciences. As a postdoc at the University, she was awarded a fellowship by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate cardiovascular risks of air pollution exposures. In 2015, she became the recipient of the prestigious Impact Award from the Society of Toxicology’s Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section for her 2014 paper “Acrolein Exposure is Associated with Increased Cardiovascular Disease Risk.” Dr. DeJarnett was named the 2017 Alumna of the Year for the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and concurrently awarded designation in the class of 2017 Alumni Fellows.

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Download the new report Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program, Part II, and discover the many ways climate change impacts health at http://www.apha.org/climarte.
View APHA’s fact sheets on climate change and health: https://apha.org/publications-and-periodicals/fact-sheets#climate
https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/climate-change
Share APHA’s infographic series on how climate change affects your health: https://apha.org/news-and-media/multimedia/infographics/how-climate-change-affects-your-health
Tune into APHA’s climate change and health webinars, including Climate Changes Health: Adaptation in Actionhttps://apha.org/events-and-meetings/webinars/climate-webinars
 https://www.linkedin.com/in/natasha-dejarnett-phd-mph-34808111a 

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Jul 9, 2018

In episode 69 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks about the current state of adaptation with Lois DeBacker of the Kresge Foundation and adaptation researcher Dr. Susanne Moser.  The Kresge Foundation recently released their report, Rising to the Challenge, Together and Doug, Lois and Susanne dig into the report’s finding and discuss what’s happening within the field of adaptation.  Other topics covered:  is adaptation evolving to meet the challenges of climate change; why are there not more prominent adaptation leaders and spokespeople; equity and adaptation and much more. Susanne also explores the concept of transformational change and how adaptation offers a unique opportunity for true societal change.

Topics covered:

  • What is the Kresge Foundation’s role in climate adaptation funding.
  • Adaptation is still an emerging field and does it need to be its own field?
  • The history of adaptation.
  • Right now adaptation is too insider baseball. Needs to be more accessible to the public.
  • Need the equivalent of “National Geographic Adapters” to highlight leaders in the field.
  • Adaptation opportunities for university students. Students need to demand adaptation course work.

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Lois R. DeBacker, Managing Director of the Environment at The Kresge Foundation
Susanne Moser, Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting

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https://kresge.org/sites/default/files/library/appendices_for_rising_to_the_challenge_linked.pdf
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Jun 18, 2018

In episode 68 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons travels down under to Melbourne, in the state of Victoria. Doug is invited to give the keynote address at the Victoria Adaptation Summit, then he participates in the National Adaptation Conference, where he interviews experts from throughout southern Australia. Learn innovative adaptation techniques from the private sector, local councils and the state government. Topics in this episode: local council approach to climate adaptation; innovative tools for communicating climate adaptation; understanding climate risks and profiting off it; the psychology of adapting to climate change; Victoria state government and the emerging role of states in adaptation planning; the use of big data in climate planning; private sector adaptation; can kangaroos adapt to climate change, and much more!

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Kath Rowley,  Executive Director of the Climate Change Division in Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Nina Keath, Senior Strategic Planner, City of Onkaparinga
James Despaquali, Sustainability Planning and Strategy Officer at City of Whittlesea
Rohan Handem, XDI, Director,  Projects
Dr. Johanna Nalau, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP)
John Doole, Manager Environmental Services at Kingborough Council
Dr. Jean Palitikoff, Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Judy Turnbull and Fabian Sack, Sustainably
Dr Hallie Eakin, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State
Browyn Bresham, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Compassionate Nature
Julian Stanley, Senior Climate Change Planner at Barwon Water

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https://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/adapting-to-climate-change-impacts
https://www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/media-releases/climate-leadership-declaration
http://www.climatemonitor.tv/
https://youtu.be/1urw_JVUUq8
https://www.psychologyforasafeclimate.org/publications
http://xdi.systems/
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Jun 4, 2018

In episode 67 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Rich Sorkin, CEO and Co-Founder of Jupiter Intel.  Rich shares the history of Jupiter Intel as a silicon valley start up and his short and long term goals in this emerging field.  Doug and Rich discuss Jupiter’s core business of risk modeling and the uncertainties associated with future modeling.  They also talk about emerging businesses in the adaptation sector and the role of profit making entities like Jupiter and the ‘wild wild west’ mentality that exists in some areas of future modeling. These topics and much more!

Bonus:  Doug hosts Claire Wayner, a Baltimore area teen who is leading efforts to recruit youth for the upcoming Zero Hour Climate March. Be inspired by her story!

Topics in this episode:

  • How businesses can avoid a repeat of the 2008 meltdown through climate smart planning;
  • Understanding climate risks and profiting off it;
  • Media generated by Jupiter Intel’s approach;
  • Are businesses truly risk adverse?
  • Is short term climate modeling reliable?
  • Is Florida behaving rationally when it comes to business risk?
  • And much more!

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/04/09/how-a-small-start-up-firm-wants-to-revitalize-climate-change-research/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.93de202ad113
https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Startups-in-the-spotlight-Jupiter-Intelligence-12869977.php#photo-15465073
https://www.washingtonpost.com/?utm_term=.b8efe5d18edc
https://www.fastcompany.com/40531599/this-startup-calculates-the-climate-risks-for-specific-blocks-and-buildings
http://thisiszerohour.org/the-march/
http://www.climatemonitor.tv/


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May 18, 2018

In episode 66 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Kate Bishop Williams at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.  Kate is a lecturer at the University and Waterloo and she used an America Adapts episode, “Deconstructing a Climate Change Skeptic” as part of her class curricula. Kate discusses why she chose this episode to use a tool to teach her students effective climate communication. Doug and Kate also discuss open access and the value of podcasts as a learning tool in the classroom.  Doug speaks with two of the students enrolled in Kate’s class and gets their feedback on what they learned from the Marc Morano episode (skeptic)  and their impressions of using a podcast in the classroom. This and much more!

Topics in this episode:

  • Using podcasts in the classroom to promote environmental change;
  • Learning that climate skepticism is more prevalent than many realize;
  • Developing guidelines for listening to a podcast and talking climate change;
  • Understanding the role of open access educational materials, especially climate resources;
  • Students explain how listening to a climate skeptic enhanced their ability to communicate climate change.

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Paper that called for Ecological Determinants of Health to be taught in Public Health Programs in Canada.
Link to SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition- a group focused on increasing open and describes OA and AER really well ): https://sparcopen.org:/ 
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May 3, 2018

In episode 65 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Julia Kim and Kif Scheuer of the Local Government Commission, and Michael McCormick of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research about the upcoming California Adaptation Forum August 27-29th in Sacramento, California.  They talk about the history of the forum, goals and themes of this year’s forum, and the state of adaptation in California. 

Also in this episode, Doug talks with the 2018 winners of the Tyler Prize, Dr. Paul G. Falkowski and Dr. James J. McCarthy. Established in 1973 by the late John and Alice Tyler, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is one of the first international premier awards for environmental science, environmental health and energy. It’s considered the equivalent of winning the Noble Prize in environmental science and policy. Paul and James share some of their research and the important of communicating science effectively.

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http://tylerprize.org/laureates/

Directors on how to listen to America Adapts on Amazon Alexa.

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Elizabeth Rush Book Signing Event

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Amazon Link for the Young Adult Climate book by Marissa Slaven, Code Blue

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Apr 15, 2018

In episode 64 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Margaret Peloso, of the law firm Vinson and Elkins.  Margaret shares insights from her book Adapting to Rising Sea Levels: Legal Challenges and Opportunities. Doug and Margaret dig into topics such as the conversion of private land to public land as the oceans rise; adaptation and the public trust doctrine; coastal Superfund sites and corporate responsibility; will eminent domain drive coastal planning in the years ahead and much more!

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The public trust and sea level rise;
  • Legal precedent and sea level rise;
  • A new definition of private property;
  • Sea level rise and Superfund sites;
  • Policy versus the law as an adaptation strategy;
  • The legal definition of resilience;
  • Adaptation law as a profession;
  • The advantages and perils of using eminent domain for coastal planning;
  • Favorite lawyer movies and favorite lawyer jokes.

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https://www.velaw.com/AdaptingToRisingSeaLevels/
From the NYT on chemical plants:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/06/climate/flood-toxic-chemicals.html
Predictive tools on SLR to assist the corporate community: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/climate/mapping-future-climate-risk.html
EPA’s page on Superfund and climate change:
https://www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-climate-change-adaptation
AP article on superfund sites prone to flooding (has a great interactive map): https://www.apnews.com/31765cc6d10244588805ee738edcb36b
Australia Adaptation Summit
http://vicadaptation18.w.yrd.currinda.com/#
http://climate-adaptation-2018.w.yrd.currinda.com/what-39-s-on#program-header

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Mar 19, 2018

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In California Adapts 3:  The Synthesis, Doug Parsons and writer/producer Randy Olson talk about their overall impressions of climate adaptation in California. Each of the experts interviewed during the journey gave scores from 1 to 10 for their opinion of how well they think the state is addressing their element of climate adaptation. The scores are presented to three of the experts for their assessment. The analysis ends with one more expert - a dissenting voice in terms of how well California is preparing for the changes in the climate that are already happening.

Episode 63: What is “climate adaptation” and how well is California doing with it? The podcast “America Adapts” hosted by Doug Parsons has been exploring the topic of climate adaptation since 2016. In this three part special, sponsored by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Doug takes an in-depth look at the state of California, presenting its long history of environmental leadership, current work on adaptation throughout the state, and how California will be dealing with a changing environment in the future.

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Mar 19, 2018

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In this episode, Doug Parsons’ journeys around California exploring the five most important elements of climate adaptation for the state — fire, drought, flood, temperature and sea level rise. For each one he goes into the field with an expert. He visits the burn area of the Thomas Fire of December, 2017 with a fire captain, talks about drought with the state’s “Water Czar,” standing beside the Sacramento River, hears the details of the ARkStorm Mega-flood Scenario from a climate scientist, follows an urban heat expert using a laser thermometer to measure the temperature of asphalt in Los Angeles, and visits the central coast of California to talk about sea level rise. The five sequences provide an overview of climate adaptation for the state.

Episode 62: What is “climate adaptation” and how well is California doing with it? The podcast “America Adapts” hosted by Doug Parsons has been exploring the topic of climate adaptation since 2016. In this three part special, sponsored by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Doug takes an in-depth look at the state of California, presenting its long history of environmental leadership, current work on adaptation throughout the state, and how California will be dealing with a changing environment in the future.

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This special project of America Adapts was generously sponsored by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. If you are interested in collaborating on a similar project, please contact Doug Parsons at americaadapts@gmail.com

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Mar 12, 2018

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Episode 61: What is “climate adaptation” and how well is California doing with it? The podcast “America Adapts” hosted by Doug Parsons has been exploring the topic of climate adaptation since 2016. In this three part special, sponsored by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Doug takes an in-depth look at the state of California, presenting its long history of environmental leadership, current work on adaptation throughout the state, and how California will be dealing with a changing environment in the future.

In this episode, California Adapts 1:  The Storytellers, consists of three main stories. Geologist Jeff Mount of UC Davis tells the epic tale of the 1861-1862 floods that washed out Sacramento, killing hundreds and forcing the temporary moment of the state capital to San Francisco. Environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr. and “The Queen of Green,” longtime head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Mary Nichols tells about how the state managed to clean up the smog problem of the 1970’s, then brings us up to the present with her perspective on Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown with regard to climate leadership.

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California Adapts was produced by scientist turned filmmaker, Randy Olson.

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Mar 5, 2018

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In episode 60 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Jeff Goodell of Rolling Stone magazine about his new book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Jeff discusses the reception of his new climate change book, The Water Will Come.
  • Jeff and Doug discuss the reaction from the development community in south Florida to Jeff’s book.
  • Jeff explains the history of Rolling Stone Magazine’s reporting of climate change issues.
  • Jeff explains the extreme measures that Venice, Italy is taking to adapt to rising seas.
  • Doug and Jeff talk about the challenges of addressing climate change in the Trump era.
  • And meet the new America Adapts intern, Alex Stocksdale!

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https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-the-city-of-miami-is-doomed-to-drown-20130620
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-change-and-the-end-of-australia-20111003
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/hurricane-harvey-houston-flood-is-climate-change-warning-w500596
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/jeff-goodell-hurricane-irma-rising-seas-climate-change-w502160
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-climate-apartheid-how-global-warming-affects-the-rich-and-poor-w509956
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/read-climate-report-president-trump-doesnt-want-you-to-see-w511084


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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-speak-up-for-blue-podcast/id1010962669?mt=2
https://open.spotify.com/show/3mE8fDuPv6OiTZ64EfIob9?si=Ioj_YAO_R7edHGJBPPETPg


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Feb 19, 2018

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In episode 59 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dan Ashe, the President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Previously, Dan was the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 7 years under President Barack Obama.  

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What is the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its role in conservation and adaptation;
  • How zoos can be ambassadors in deep red states in communicating climate change;
  • Dan’s tenure as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service;
  • How state wildlife agencies have, nor have not, stepped up on climate change planning;
  • Dan’s climate legacy at the US Fish and Wildlife Service;
  • And a morale booster to current FWS employees on why what they do is so important!

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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/former-usfws-director-dan-ashe-shares-perspectives_us_59a64cafe4b08299d89d0ae6

https://www.fws.gov/director/dan-ashe/index.cfm/2016/4/21/A-Strong-Message-on-Climate-Change-for-Earth-Day

https://twitter.com/DirectorDanAshe/status/804406049268703232

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/26/climate-change-requires-us-land-conservation/2021931/

https://thinkprogress.org/administration-outlines-plan-to-help-wildlife-adapt-to-climate-change-333a73629d96/

https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2017/1/12/Director-Dan-Ashe-A-Key-Member-of-Service-Family-Steps-Down


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Jan 30, 2018

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In episode 58 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with author and lecturer Elizabeth Rush, of Brown University. Elizabeth is the author of the upcoming book, Rising – Dispatches from the New American Shore.  Topics discussed in this episode:

  • What is ‘creative non-fiction.’
  • Elizabeth explains how humans have or don’t have the emotional resilience to respond to climate change
  • Writing “adaptation metaphors.”
  • Narrative devices like “The Hero’s Journey” to make climate change resonate.
  • The emerging role of Cli- Fi, climate science fiction.
  • And much more!

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https://www.brown.edu/academics/english/elizabeth-rush

 

 

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Jan 8, 2018

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In episode 57 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with experts from all over the world focusing on the conservation of the elusive snow leopard of the Asia High Mountains and how this species - and the communities around this species - are adapting to climate change.  Guests from Nepal, India, China, Russia, Sweden, and the US share stories on studying this amazing cat and talk about some of the innovative adaptation strategies that are being put in place thanks to funding from a USAID project that is being implemented by World Wildlife Fund.

Two additional themes emerge in this episode, the influence of Peter Matthiessen’s epic masterpiece, The Snow Leopard, and stories from these experts about their own magical encounters with the snow leopard in the wild.  Peter Matthiessen never did see a snow leopard, but several of these experts did. Hear their amazing stories in detail.

This podcast was sponsored by World Wildlife Fund and USAID as part of the Asia’s High Mountains project.

Brochure: Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities

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https://nature.berkeley.edu/beislab/BeissingerLab/?page_id=355
https://www.worldwildlife.org/experts/ryan-bartlett
http://www.wwfnepal.org/?224234/WWF-Nepal-and-partner-ministries-signed-a-grant-agreement-for-Sustainable-Land-Management-in-Churia-Region-Project
https://www.snowleopard.org/sweet-treats-help-save-cats/
http://www.icimod.org/?q=15429
https://www.snowleopard.org/about/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Leopard
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Matthiessen
https://www.amazon.com/Snow-Leopard-Penguin-Classics/dp/0143105515
www.thirdpolegeolab.org
https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/nepal-honors-a-new-generation-of-conservation-leaders
http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_together_possible/making_friends_with_the_enemy/
Facts on Snow Leopard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSdJwBhWgZQ

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Dec 18, 2017

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Year in Review! In episode 56 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts three amazing guests: Jayde Lovell, host of SciQ on the Young Turks Network, Dr. Tim Watkins, science education specialist, and Shaun Martin, Senior Director of Adaptation and Resilience at the World Wildlife Fund.  Doug and his guests convene a lively panel discussion, highlighting the year’s top news stories; favorite moments from the podcast in the past year and predictions for the field of adaptation for 2018! It’s a fun way to wrap up an amazing year with America Adapts!

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Dec 1, 2017

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In episode 54 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Chad Nelsen, the CEO of the world famous Surfrider Foundation! Chad discusses the work of Surfrider Foundation and how it’s ramping up its climate change adaptation work. Doug and Chad discuss the implications of sea level rise on coastlines and even its impact on the sport of surfing. Chad also shares what Surfrider chapters are doing to address the huge challenge of climate change.

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WHAT IS SURFRIDER – Chad discusses the history of Surfrider Foundation, how it started as a group of concerned citizens, to becoming a worldwide leader in coastal conservation. Chad shares some of their high profile victories, e.g., plastic bag ban.

ADAPTATION ALIGNMENT – Doug and Chad discuss the challenges of institutionalizing adaptation planning into an existing organization. Chad shares how Surfrider is approaching this issue and how members can play a role in this process.

A SEA LEVEL RISE WIN - Doug and Chad discuss the challenges sea level rise poses to coastal habitats and the difficulty for organizations to define what a policy ‘victory’ is in relation to sea level rise.

SURFING AND ADAPTING – Chad shares some research on how sea level rise will impact favorite surf spots and his recommendations for the best books on surfing.

MITIGATION IS NOT ADAPTATION – Chad and Doug discuss the problem of conservation groups focusing on carbon mitigation when their core mission more closely aligns with adaptation.  These groups are grappling with what their climate identity should be.

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American Society of Adaptation Professionals
https://adaptationprofessionals.org/

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Nov 14, 2017

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In episode 54 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons attends the 2017 American Association of Landscape Architects conference in Los Angeles.  In this episode, we discover the burgeoning role of landscape architects in adaptation planning. Doug talks with a wide swath of landscape architects, from living legend Martha Schwartz, to young graduate students just entering the field, gearing up to dedicate themselves to addressing climate change.  Listen in to some of the leading voices in this sector and their insights and advice on how landscape architecture as a field can step up to the challenge of adaptation.

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This episode of America Adapts was generously sponsored by Anova Furnishings. To learn more how they promote the field of landscape architecture, visit their website here.


Guests in this episode (time location in episode):

  1. Ellen Stewart, Landscape Architect, City of St. Paul (2:34)
  2. Vaughn Rinner, President, ASLA (4:33)
  3. Kristina Hill, Professor, University of Berkeley, California (9:57)
  4. Deanna Lynn, Graduate Student, Landscape Architecture (22:02)
  5. Martha Schwartz, Harvard University and Martha Schwartz Partners (24:29)
  6. Eric Gilbert, CEO, Anova (37:11)
  7. Brad McKee, Editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine (42:50)
  8. Jason Bingham, Landscape Architect (55:33)
  9. Barbara Deutsch, Landscape Architecture Foundation (57:58)
  10. Matt Alcide, Land 8 (1:11:47)
  11. Stephanie V. Landregan, Director, UCLA Extension (1:15:12)
  12. April Philips, April Philips Design Work (1:18:43)
  13. Leslie Johnson, Graduate Student, Landscape Architecture (1:25:03)
  14. Pamela Conrad, CMG Landscape Architecture (1:27:45)



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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE – Doug discovers what this field really does and its critical role in the ever expanding adaptation universe.

SUSTAINABILITY VS ADAPTATION– Landscape architects have been a leading voice in sustainability, but Doug and his guests discuss the differences between sustainability and adaptation.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES – Doug and his guests discuss some of the emerging tools in landscape architecture to address climate change impacts.

NEXT GENERATION – A recurring theme in these interviews is whether landscape architecture schools are providing students with the skills needed to be adaptation professionals.

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Oct 31, 2017

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In episode 53 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Monsanto’s  Dr. Jeff Seale , Monsanto’s Agricultural Environmental Strategy Lead & Associate Science Fellow. Doug and Jeff cover: acknowledging some of the controversies surrounding Monsanto; Monsanto’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2021; how large corporations can play a leading role in adaptation; big data and climate modeling and how a large corporation can play a role in climate outreach.

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MONSANTO DOES PARIS– Doug and Jeff discuss Monsanto’s position on climate change and their goal to be carbon neural as a company by 2021.  Jeff also describes the ways they are working with farmers to reduce that sectors’ carbon footprint.

IS MONSANTO ADAPTING? Jeff describes Monsanto’s efforts at adaptation. Doug provides some feedback on additional things they could be doing to be a leader in agricultural adaptation.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM – Doug discusses some of the controversies surrounding Monsanto and how that might influence their ability to help the agricultural adapt to climate change. Jeff and Doug then discuss the value of Monsanto developing a companywide adaptation plan.

BIG DATA AND CLIMATE CORP – Jeff explains the role of Climate Corporation and big data in land use decisions and how farmers take advantage of this down scaled climate information. Doug suggests ways the conservation sector could benefit from such computing power.

CLIMATE AMBASSADORS – Doug and Jeff discuss Monsanto’s potential role in influencing the more conservative agricultural sector on climate change. There are still deep pockets of climate skepticism in the ag sector and Monsanto has a unique role to influence those attitudes. Doug and Jeff discuss potential outreach opportunities.

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http://www.monsantoglobal.com/global/uk/whoweare/Pages/Collaborating-to-Address-Climate-Change.aspx

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/why-the-climate-corporation-sold-itself-to-monsanto/amp

http://grist.org/climate-energy/heres-why-monsanto-and-big-food-are-finally-speaking-up-about-climate-change/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/business/monsanto-dicamba-weed-killer.html

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Oct 13, 2017

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In episode 52 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with demographer Dr. Matt Hauer from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.  Doug and Matt discuss his research paper on the role of future sea level rise on future migration within the United States. Matt explains the origins of the paper and how the popular media responded to his provocative conclusions – up to 13 million coastal residents may be displaced by the end of the century. 

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DEMOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE CHANGE – Matt discussed his background in demography at the University of Georgia and the origins of his research paper on sea level rise and its role in coastal migration.

HOW HIGH? – Matt explains the process of selecting certain sea level rise projections for his landmark paper.  Doug and Matt explore some of the controversy of his SLR projections.

THE MEDIA RESPONDS - Matt shares the challenges and excitement of a paper that receives widespread media attention.  Matt shares some thoughts for a follow up research paper.

ACUTE VS CHRONIC - Can hurricane serve as a real time lesson on the impacts of coastal inundation? Matt explains the differences between ‘acute’ climatic events like hurricanes versus “chronic” climate events like sea level rise.

RELEVANCE - Matt explains how the implications of his paper can inform long term decision making today.  Planners and elected officials can use these projections on long term planning decisions.

GATORS VS SEMINOLES – Doug, who attended UF, explains to Florida State graduate Matt, that the Gators are generally a superior football team.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange/rising-seas-could-push-some-u-s-migration-to-areas-far-from-coast-study-idUSKBN17L04B

http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2017/04/where-will-u-s-climate-migrants-go/

http://mashable.com/2017/04/17/sea-level-rise-climate-migration-austin/#8g1nsMlGZiqC
https://phys.org/news/2017-04-migration-sea-level-reshape-cities-inland.html
https://www.ipops.fr/fichier/rte/9/MUTADEMO%2022%20-%2023%20SEPTEMBRE%202016/PRESENTATIONS/Session%206/Presentation_hauer.pdf

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v7/n5/full/nclimate3271.html?foxtrotcallback=true

https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Petty-Heartbreakers-Greatest-Hits/dp/B000002OO0/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_15_t_0/141-3056227-6680057?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0M4HNG8HYK57E2CRXPKB


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Sep 26, 2017

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David Roberts Quotes:

  • “People’s gut impressions and instincts are not reliable guides to social policy.”
  • “We need to be all guns blazing on mitigation.”
  • The only people capable of changing the minds of the right wing base on climate change...is right wing elites. There’s no set of magical words that environmentalists can say to break this spell of denialism…”

In episode 51 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with famed climate and energy writer David Roberts of Vox online news (and formerly of Grist).  David discusses his transition from his long time perch at Grist to the much bigger platform at Vox.  Doug and David then dig into recent hurricane media coverage; the morality of climate mitigation versus adaptation; and the near hopeless politics of climate change. It’s a dense, fascinating and humorous discussion.

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HURRICANE MEDIA – Doug and David talk about how the media has covered the two recent hurricanes and if it’s an appropriate to talk about climate change during storm coverage. We also discuss if Rush Limbaugh had a point in his criticism of hurricane coverage.

GRIST TO VOX – David shares his writing history, starting at Grist environmental news (and the freedom Grist gave him to ‘ponder’ subjects for writing), to Vox and he also explains the challenges of producing regular content at a much more deadline driven news shop like Vox. 

SURE, LET’S ADAPT – We discuss why David ‘has it in for adaptation.’ He describes his evolution of thinking on the subject and he explains the moral case for both mitigation and adaptation

ADAPTATION POLITICS – Doug and David discuss:  Who will own adaptation politically, Republicans (if and when they come around on climate change) or Democrats? 

FORTRESS AMERICA – David describes how getting people to abandon their homes due to climate change will require a huge level of trust between government and people, a trust clearly lacking now.  David also explains that when climate impacts come into full view, we’ll likely pull inward as a country and protect ourselves in ‘fortress America.’

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Sep 18, 2017

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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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Sep 5, 2017

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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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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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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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Aug 7, 2017

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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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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

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

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Jul 17, 2017

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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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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:
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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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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
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Jun 12, 2017

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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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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.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/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://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.

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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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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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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

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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

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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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  • 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

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On the inauIn 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. gural 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

Coming up next week on America Adapts, Judge Alice Hill, of the Hoover Institution. Subscribe now to get this in your podcast inbox!

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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

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:

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  • 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

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.

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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.

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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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Jan 17, 2017

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Randy Olson joins Doug Parsons on America Adapts to discuss the dire state of coral reefs; storytelling as a technique to communicate complex science; and what we can learn from Donald Trump’s vexing, but intuitive narrative instincts.  Randy has had a fascinating career arc.  He is a scientist-turned-filmmaker who earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University (1984) and became a tenured professor of marine biology at the University of New Hampshire (1992) before changing careers by moving to Hollywood and entering film school at the University of Southern California.  The first part of the discussion focuses on the state of coral reefs in the world and how the conservation and science communities have done a poor job communicating the dire state of coral reefs.  Randy highlights some of his early career research, diving on some of the most pristine spots in the Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  Doug and Randy talk about how in the 1980s through the 1990s, the coral reef systems begin to really fall apart due to pollution and bleaching events.  Randy explains the concept of shifting baselines, which demonstrates how we lose track of the past by resetting what we consider an existing baseline.  People diving for the first time on coral reefs in the 1990s would have no idea they are viewing a highly degraded system, hence the ‘shifting baseline.’ This makes communicating the urgency of coral conservation that much harder. 

Randy then discusses the critical need to develop simple narratives to communicate complex subjects (such as coral reef conservation!).  The coral reef community has struggled to communicate in a cohesive manner the current state of this diminishing ecosystem.  Doug and Randy also discuss the diverse and contradictory nature of the coral reef community: scientists, conservationists, and the tourism industry, each of which has its own agenda when communicating the state of coral reefs.    Randy discusses the recent presidential campaign and how Donald Trump intuitively understood simple narratives with his “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Other topics covered:

  • Randy discusses his storytelling technique, “ABT” (and, but, therefore) and how it can be used to simplify coral reef conservation narratives.
  • We talk about story circles, a workshop that randy runs with different agencies and groups to practice the ABT story narrative structure.
  • Randy describes how Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is a perfect example of the ABT structure.
  • We go through the thought exercise: what if Donald Trump tried to save coral reefs, how would he approach it?
  • Randy discusses how the doomsday clock was a good example of how the science community distilled the complex threat of nuclear disaster into a simple message.
  • How does one adapt to climate change in a ‘post factual world’? We ponder this dilemma.
  • The “truth” is not prevailing in scientific discourse, but narrative dynamics are, e.g., “Make America great again.”
  • We discuss the plight of the Vaquita dolphin and how it represents a failure of the conservation community to rally around a message that would have saved it.
  • Scientists need to understand that Hollywood, movies and television, are meant to entertain. Structure your advocacy message accordingly. Don’t bore people.
  • With the new administration, Randy observes we have likely entered a new era of anti-science. The science community needs to be prepared.

Finally, we discuss solutions such as getting local groups to take ownership of simplifying the message of adaptation and conservation.  It is a provocative and thought provoking episode, but ultimately a hopeful one, where both Randy and Doug challenge the science and conservation communities to learn to embrace simple narratives to get the public more aware of these important issues. 

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Jan 9, 2017

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Dr. Jesse Keenan, of Harvard University, joins Doug Parsons on the first episode of America Adapts of 2017!  Dr. Keenan is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design where he teaches courses and conducts research in the fields of real estate development, design-development management and technology and climate adaptation science.  Jesse wears several hats: academic, public and professional.  In their conversation, Doug and Jesse dig into the origins of adaptation planning and how the federal government is currently approaching the issue. Jesse has several roles advising the federal government on adaptation and we talked about those many different approaches. We spend considerable time discussing the emergence of ‘resilience’ as the primary word and approach by the government, and increasingly, the private sector. Much of this origin ties into aligning adaptation with disaster management and Jesse explains those links.  Jesse also explains how partisan politics played a role in the rise of ‘resilience’ as the preferred term in adaptation planning.

We also talk about how adaptation has become a serious area of study for universities. Jesse is one of the more prolific publishers of adaptation literature and we talk about some of his work.  We also discuss the state of adaptation in academic programs at universities in the United States.  Professors like Jesse are providing the much needed academic grounding for the emerging field of adaptation.

Jesse also discusses Harvard’s role in engaging the city of Miami with adaptation planning and we talk frankly about the future of that city and the tough choices that community will have to make in the coming years regarding sea level rise.

We also learn that Jesse is a fellow University of Georgia graduate and he talked about being on campus when legendary ecologist Eugene Odom was there.

Doug and Jesse also have a lively discussion about the movie The Big Short, and speculate what lessons could be learned from the real estate bubble as society begins to incorporate uncertainty into long adaptation planning.

Other topics discussed:

  • We discuss how one person’s resilience is another person’s maladaptation.
  • How 911 terror attacks led the modern national security state to adopt resilience as the preferred approach to climate change planning.
  • Learn how federal agencies have evolved to incorporate disaster risk management, adaptation and resilience. FEMA, etc.
  • Learn how the US is lagging at adaptation in university academic programs.
  • How do ethics come into play when deciding to invest in high risk communities like Miami, New Orleans, etc. 
  • Learn what climate gentrification means for Miami.
  • How a huge company like Goldman Sachs approaches climate change.
  • The Challenge of drawing distinctions between sustainability, resilience and adaptation.

Also in this episode, we talk with Beth Gibbons, Managing Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. Beth talks about the January 25th deadline to nominate someone (or your own org) for their Adaptation Prize for Progress, which will be announced in May at the National Adaptation Forum.

Additional Notes:

People can pre-order Jesse’s new book Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design here: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Dunes-Climate-Change-Design/dp/1941332153

Dr. Jesse Keenan on Twitter:  @Jesse_M_Keenan

Jesse’s Harvard Profile:

http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/jesse-keenan/

http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/2016/09/jesse-keenan-leads-research/

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-10-31/climate-change-is-already-forcing-americans-to-move

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Dec 22, 2016

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It’s the final episode of America Adapts for 2017! In this edition, Doug highlights the first six months of the podcast and thanks his many supporters and listeners.  The podcast features Dan Ackerstein (from Ackerstein Sustainability) and regular contributor,  Tim Watkins.  Tim, Doug and Dan list their top 5 climate change stories of the year. It’s been a very eventful year for climate change and America Adapts discusses with humor and urgency. 

The conversation takes an unusual turn for the podcast:  America Adapts goes to the Movies! Dan and Doug discuss how climate change has been portrayed in Hollywood, using 4 examples, and identifying the likelihood of the stories and the soundness of the science within the movies. It’s a funny, informative conversation to close out the year. 

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Movies quotes from the podcast can be found here and here.

Dan Ackerstein is a founding member of the The BIT Building Program, which provides structure, peer support, expert guidance, and public recognition for buildings working to reduce their operational impacts on the environment.

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Dec 13, 2016
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In this traveling episode, Doug Parsons takes America Adapts on the road to sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! Doug was invited as press to cover the inaugural Companies vs Climate Change (CvCC) conference.   The purpose of the event was:  to serve as a global forum for companies of all sizes to share best practices for solving climate change with wholly justifiable business value. CvCC strives to serve as a conduit that will bring companies together to create business driven solutions to the climate crisis. This conference  was about three things: 1.Climate change; 2.How can companies address climate change? 3. How can companies collaborate to address climate change?  As you can see, it covered a lot.

The city of Ft. Lauderdale was an excellent setting, embedded in the South Florida culture of adaptation.  The plenary speaker was Republican Mayor of Ft. Lauderdale, Jack Seiler.  The Mayor stressed the role businesses must play in meeting the challenges of climate change, and he noted, his city is dealing with the impacts of sea level rise first hand.  Although still a hot potato issue in other parts of the country, it was refreshing to see South Florida embrace the need to address what is happening in their own backyard (or beach).  

Doug listened in to a number of interesting presentation topics:  the major airlines addressed carbon mitigation in the airline industry; resilience in the supply chain process; the role of renewable energy;  dealing with climate change under a new political administration; and developing public/private partnerships.

Generally, Doug has participated in more adaptation themed conferences, but this one was a mix of mitigation and adaptation.  It was interesting to see many of the businesses try to incorporate adaptation into their already existing sustainability efforts. Terms like “triple bottom lined” were used frequently (social, economic and environmental);  terminology Doug was not accustomed to hearing in conservation oriented meetings!  

Doug wandered the hallways, interviewing scientists, business people and non governmental representatives. A sampling of some of the ‘mini-podcasts’ below:

Chandler Van Voorhis of Green Trees discussed:

  • Carbon markets and tree plantings.
  • Markets moving ahead independent of government action.
  • Launch of new app to help offset carbon.

Michael Green of the Climate Action Business Association

  • His groups helps businesses understand the risks and opportunities with climate change.
  • Discussed what small business leaders have already done.
  • We discuss if adaptation/risk officers will follow the same, underappreciated path of sustainability officers.

Greg Hamra of Hamra Center for Climate Solutions

  • Discussed the Citizens Climate Lobby and its role in mitigation policy.
  • Their efforts to engage with businesses.

Doug also talked with Dr. Tiffany Troxler and Dr. Shimon Wdowinski of Florida International University, both sea level rise experts,  and conference organizer, Nick Aster, from Triple Pundit.  Listen in to the micro-podcasts to hear their perspectives on the role of ‘companies versus climate change.’

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Dec 6, 2016

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In this week’s episode of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons gets a visit from legendary climate change scientist/activist, Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University. Doug and Mike talk about a wide range of issues: from the publication of his new book, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy; the Presidential Election; the history of climate denialism; to science communication in general.  We discuss Randy Olson’s influence, the scientist turned filmmaker, who connected Doug and Mike, which led to a discussion on effective science communication and the use of storytelling in science.  Regarding Mike’s new book, The Madhouse Effect, in an innovative twist, Mike collaborated with Tom Toles, long time cartoonist with the Washington Post. The book focuses on climate change and the long running battles climate scientists have had with the denier movement. Tole uses his cartoons to encapsulate each chapter with a relevant and biting cartoon.  The book deftly uses humor to reach a different audience with hopes of educating them about climate science. 

The conversation then pivots to some climate science history, where Mike vividly describes what the political and scientific world was like when he first released his now iconic ‘hockey stick’ research paper.  Mike explains some of the key moments of constructing that paper and that “uh oh” moment when they realized humans were behind the recent warming around the globe. Mike then walks us through his many battles with the denier movement, from the time he was sued at the University of Virginia, through the infamous Climategate “scandal.”  Doug and Mike discuss the difficulties of communicating with the public when scientists are held (and hold themselves to) a much higher standard of information sharing, whereas the Koch Brothers' funded opposition has no such standard.  We discuss the ‘fake news’ issue and how that has been present in the climate change world for years. Finally, we talk about what will happen during a Trump administration.  An overall theme of our Trump discussions is the wildcard nature of his policies. President-Elect Trump even recently met with Al Gore to discuss climate change.  Doug and Mike anticipate bad things in addressing climate change, but also recognize that President Trump might surprise his detractors.  Mann acknowledges his book is much more relevant with the election of Donald Trump since the book deals so much with climate denial. Doug asks Mike, hypothetically, what if President Trump asked Mike to come to the Oval Office to brief him on climate change: what would he say to President Trump?  Without giving too much away, it involved invoking Lincoln, recruiting Bill Nye the Science Guy, and playing to Trump’s very large ego.

 Some key quotes from the podcast interview:
“Climategate was a rear guard, battle of the bulge, full frontal assault on the science of climate change.’ “If trump does move forward with the agenda he’s threatened to pursue...then it could be game over for stabilizing temperatures at 2 degrees..”
“The forces of anti-science are very mobilized, and trained to be very great communicators and in many cases...they are cleaning our clocks…”
 “If we are to actually make America great again, then we’re going to have to be part of the clean energy revolution.”
“We now have for the first time in history, a president who denies that climate change even exists.”
“It’s in the realm of possibility that Trump could flip on the issue of climate change if there was a concerted, good faith outreach effort, to him,  by the scientific community.”
“Donald trump doesn’t get to decide if the world moves ahead on climate change, the world is moving ahead.”

We discuss the upcoming 20 year anniversary of the hockey stick and opportunities to acknowledge that anniversary as way to highlight the issue of climate change in a potentially future hostile political environment.  The conversation with Mike was fascinating, informative and downright inspiring. So have a listen, there’s much much more that’s said!

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Nov 29, 2016

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In this episode, America Adapts talks with innovative climate leader, Jonathan Parfrey, the Executive Director of Climate Resolve (CR).  The mission of Climate Resolve “is to make Southern California more livable and prosperous today and for generations to come by inspiring people at home, at work, and in government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution, as well as prepare for climate change impacts.” Jonathan talks about how CR approaches climate change at the city scale, with the goal of not only making Los Angeles more resilient in the face of climate change, but also improving the overall quality of life of Angelos. It is not a typical mission for most adaptation professionals,, but as Jonathan explains, it’s a strategy that successfully gets broad public support for their activities.

Learn about CR’s “Cool Roofs” program, a citywide program to help low income residents obtain solar panels. Jonathan also talks about efforts to create a more integrated and green transportation system for Los Angeles.  We also learn about specific climate change impacts that Los Angeles is currently experiencing, and also, future impacts.  Climate Resolve emphasizes partnerships and they have assumed a major role in bringing together regional partners in these efforts.

What really stands out is the proactive approach the city of Los Angeles is taking on these issue, along with the state of California providing substantial support for cities to address climate change.  Hopefully what happens in California will spread across the country. The state truly is an incubator for cutting edge climate change planning.  There’s a lot more, so have a listen to Jonathan tell Climate Resolve’s story.

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Before founding Climate Resolve, Jonathan Parfrey served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (2008-2013). Jonathan is also the immediate past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event, as well as the founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. He served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition (2007-2011), and as the Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility (1994 to 2007). Prior to that, Jonathan founded and directed the Orange County Catholic Worker (1987-1993). He was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team in 2003.

Nov 22, 2016

In this episode of America Adapts, I talk with Sascha Petersen, founder and lead of Adaptation International, an Austin, Texas based consulting firm. Sascha talks about his experiences working on adaptation projects with local governments and tribal interests. Learn the nuances of dealing with adaptation with tribal communities and how those lessons could be applied elsewhere. We also discuss if the private sector world of adaptation is growing and what new opportunities exist for those seeking opportunities outside the government and non-governmental sector.  Sascha has a unique experience in becoming an adaptation professional and we discuss his journey through this process, especially how he pivoted from sustainability and mitigation, to working mainly in adaptation planning.  We also test out how one communicates adaptation in an environment like Texas (it involves a belt buckle and plenty of enthusiasm).  

We then pivot and talk about about Sascha’s experiences as the first Managing Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. Learn the history of that group; why it was inevitable that the field of adaptation would need a professional society and also if things like adaptation certification are necessary. Finally, Sascha talks about his travels as ASAP director and all the interesting and inspiring people he got to meet working in the the field of adaptation.  Sascha shares a lot more insight on the field of adaptation and happens to be one of the emerging field’s most enthusiastic boosters. Have a listen to Sascha’s amazing adaptation journey.

Sascha has been working specifically on climate change for more than 10 years.  He was the first managing director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, a Lead Author for the Great Plains Region of the National Climate Assessment (2014), and  has worked with both climate scientists and municipal governments. He focuses on bridging the gaps between climate change science, policy, and action.

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Nov 15, 2016

Special Election Coverage. In this episode, America Adapts is hosting James Stillwell, Program Manager for Climate Implementation at the University of Maryland, reporting from Marrakech, Morocco from the Cop22 climate change negotiations. Also, I speak with EcoAdapt’s MaryKay Gewiss and Alex Score, on next year’s big National Adaptation Forum. First, I check in with James, who’s in Morocco, following up with his role at the 2016 Paris Climate agreement (previous podcast topic).  We learn what other countries are saying about the climate agreement in light of Donald Trump’s presidential election win.  James seeks to provide a reality check on what happens next. We learn what it might mean if the U.S. exited the agreement; the difficulties involved with such an action; and the rest of the world’s desire to move on even if America does exit the talks.  James also shares his perspective on debating noted climate skeptic, Myron Ebell (available on youtube), the man responsible for the transition at the Environmental Protection Agency. He gives his insight on what Mr. Ebell's approach might be and offers a broader perspective on potential limits to that approach. Finally, James gives his parting thoughts on what Americans can expect from the Marrakech negotiations.  In a major pivot, I then talk with Alex and WendyKay about next year’s National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota, in May.  No matter what the results of the election are, adaptation planners will continue to work and convene and share information on the best ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change.  We talk about previous forums and what to expect at this forum. There are new themes and plenaries topics, looking to expand what sectors would be interested in attending the event.  We share advice to federal employees who may be concerned about their ability to travel under a new administration.  Also, the deadline to submit oral and poster presentations is December 16th, so please hurry if you are considering doing this.  Finally, I end the podcast with an election discussion with Tim Watkins in the Adaptation and Wine Power hour, trying to find ‘silver molecules’ on what a Trump presidency might mean for the adaptation field.  And stay tuned for next week's episode, as Dr. Michael Mann, legendary professor behind the ‘hockey stick’ research, and author of “ The Madhouse Effect”, comes on the podcast.  

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Nov 7, 2016

In this very special Halloween Episode, I talk with adaptation planning legends Lara Hansen and Jennie Hoffman. Lara is the Executive Director of Ecoadapt and Jennie is Founder and Principal at Adaptation Insight.  This was the first ‘threeway’ conversation on America Adapts, where we discussed the 5 year anniversary of Jenny and Lara’s groundbreaking book, Climate Savvy.  We learn the origins of the book, and how writing it went hand in hand with the establishment of their nationally recognized group, EcoAdapt.  Their book was one of the first to comprehensively lay out how one adapts to climate change, specifically in the natural resource world.  After digging into the book, we debate,  is the field of adaptation elitist? Is focusing on adaptation taking attention away from mitigating against carbon emissions (we all said no!)?  We also learn if some communities actually mitigate more effectively after they embrace adaptation.  Other topics covered:  the positives and negatives of the failed Cap and Trade bill; is adaptation certification necessary; is “Climate Savvy” still relevant? We also talk about the upcoming National Adaptation Forum next year in Minnesota and what new plenary sessions will be part of the agenda.  And finally we hear Lara and Jennie make an amazing analogy between adaptation and surfing - yes, it makes sense when they explain it, so listen in!  

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Nov 1, 2016

In episode 16 of America Adapts, I talk with Brian Kahn, Senior Science Writer with Climate Central. Climate Central (CC) is exactly what it sounds like: a central location for key science information and resources.  Climate Central is a relatively new organization and Brian walks us through their unique model for providing climate science.  Brian explains how CC uses social scientists to find ways to get science news to resonate with the public. Brian also explains their unique Climate Matters program, which engages with meteorologists all over the country, providing climate graphics and resources.  We then talk about some of Brian’s own articles, the process of writing and selecting the topics, when a story connects, or when one is not well received, and how he can work with fellow Climate Central experts to figure why an article might have not connected as intended..  A few of his stories include:  Heat, Then Deluge Fell a Town’s Beloved 600-Year-Old Oak, Carbon Dioxide Passed Critical Threshold in 2015, This is What It’s Like To Be a Young Climate Scientist, Hottest Months on Record Have Something in Common, OK Fine, Here’s the Carbon Dioxide Spiral.  As you’ll discover, Brian brings a unique voice to these climate discussions and it’s one you’ll find yourself returning to frequently. We talk at length on his multi part series on the National Park Service and their response to climate change.  Doug and Brian also discuss the National Climate Assessment; what it is; the challenges of sharing the information in the assessment and how Climate Central has similar goals as the Assessment. Doug and Brian also discuss the role of Climate Central in adaptation planning and what opportunities exist for the organization to help this emerging field of climate practitioners.  The conversation ends with Brian sharing some of his favorite climate web sites and writers.  We also dig into climate change and pop culture and how movies like Before the Flood can engage and inspire a new generation of climate professionals.  

Brian Kahn is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central. He previously worked at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and partnered with climate.gov to produce multimedia stories, manage social media campaigns and develop version 2.0 of climate.gov. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Grist, the Daily Kos, Justmeans and the Yale Forum on Climate Change in the Media. In previous lives, he led sleigh ride tours through a herd of 7,000 elk and guided tourists around the deepest lake in the U.S. He holds an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University.  One of Brian’s best quotes from the podcast, and a very succinct reason why Climate Central is so needed:  “Climate change is not a 2100 problem, it’s a 2016 problem.” There’s a lot more to hear from Brian, so please listen in!  And follow Brian on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/blkahn!

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Oct 24, 2016

In episode 15, Doug Parsons speaks with M.R. O’Connor, author of the book, “Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things.” De-extinction is exactly what you think it is: bringing back extinct species using modern technology. Think Jurassic Park, but looking at more recent extinctions like the Passenger Pigeon, Wooly Mammoth and the Tasmanian Tiger.  Our conversation, much like the book, is more than that though, we talk about environmental justice, ethics and the history of conservation biology.  Each chapter in the book covers a different species and the massive efforts we take to ensure their survival: these include a Tanzanian Spray Toad, the Florida Panther, Southwest pupfish, all the way to efforts to resurrect the Passenger Pigeon. We talk about the amazing and tragic history of the Passenger Pigeon and one scientist's efforts at bringing this species back into our lives.  Is it Frankenstein meets conservation? We dig into many of the topics from the book but we also talk about their relevance to climate change and adaptation. Is it any more or less ethical to translocate a living species, impacted by climate change, than it is to bring back an extinct species. In addition, Maura talks about how journalism can and should be about covering ideas, not just historic events.  We discuss the pitfalls of conservationists emphasizing the intrinsic value of biodiversity, versus its cultural or even utilitarian value.  We also discuss the legal implications of de-extinction: what if a resurrected species preyed upon an existing endangered species? What would this mean for the Endangered Species Act?  Maura also talks about what inspired her to write this story and the amazing journey learning about these species and the fascinating cast of characters that she included in the book.  We also talk about climate change adaptation having the ability to frame conservation in a new light, to tackle old problems like habitat destruction, invasive species and air and water pollution. Our conversation will give you a sampling of the many topics covered in the book and how de-extinction will challenge us to think about conservation, adaptation and environmentalism in new and provocative ways.  Maura was a fantastic guest, explaining incredibly complex topics in an engaging and hopeful way. Please listen in!

M.R. O’Connor is a graduate of Columbia's Journalism School, she has reported from Africa, Afghanistan and Haiti, and her work has appeared in such publications as:  The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Salon, New York Times, and Slate, to name just a few. Yes, that is an amazing list and her book reflects her profound journalistic experiences.

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Oct 17, 2016

In this week’s episode, America Adapts host, Doug Parsons, talks with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser from Florida International University.  We primarily cover two topics: what is the  Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program and Dr. Gaiser’s role in adaptation planning in South Florida.  But that is just a sampling of all the topics we cover. We begin by learning the many hats Evelyn wears at FIU:   She’s the Executive Director at FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society and she’s the Lead Principal Investigator at the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program (which we’ll call the LTER).  First, we learn how Evelyn started her work in ecology at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecological lab.  Dr. Gaiser also takes us into the Everglades, learning what makes this expansive park unique and incredibly important to everyone living in south Florida.  We talk about the amazing, rich biodiversity of the Everglades and Evelyn explains the park’s unique ecological functions. Evelyn then discusses the history and role of the LETRs, located throughout the United States, monitoring change in key ecosystems. We learn about the army of research scientists studying the Everglades through the LETR.  We also learn how all this science generated at the LETR helps influence key policy decisions in the region and Evelyn’s role in making these connections for policymakers.  Learn what it means to conduct research on sea level rise in the political minefield that is south Florida.  The LETR’s help us understand that we can’t adapt to climate change unless we can accurately track changes in the environment. And we briefly discuss the best ways a tourist can experience the Florida Everglades!

We then dissect the complexities of dealing with natural resources in south Florida.  As Miami continues to grow, there continues to be significant friction with water sharing between the city and the Everglades.  Evelyn shares how the LTER informs the decision making process.  I ask Evelyn: Will the Everglades will be a marine park within 100 years.  You’ll have to listen in to hear her surprising answer!  Learn about such concepts as “peat collapse” and ways to avoid it.  Also hear how Dr. Gaiser spent her 2015 Earth Day with President Obama and hear firsthand, his inspiring support for the role science plays in sustaining the Everglades. Finally we discuss Dr. Gaiser’s role in adaptation planning in south Florida.  Many of the local communities, especially Miami, are taking actions and relying on experts at FIU to provide guidance on how to plan for sea level rise. Dr. Gaiser describes how FIU has developed the “Sea Level Rise Solutions Center” to help local communities plan for these climate impacts.  And Evelyn ends the podcast by giving her advice on how people can become involved and how the LTERs can be resources as society adapts to climate change.  There’s a lot more, so please listen in to this fascinating conversation with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser!

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Oct 10, 2016

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In this exciting episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons speaks with James Stillwell, the Program Manager of Climate Implementation at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) School of Public Policy.  First, we talk about James’ background and what led him to UMD.  Then we learn about James’ role in the international climate change negotiations that occurred last year in France which led to the historic Paris Agreement.  James walks us through many riveting and fascinating details on what it was like being on the ground in Paris during this planet saving event.   James played a key role assisting UMD’s special advisor to the UN secretary-general on climate change, Robert Orr.  Learn how some of the negotiations came down to the wire and how ultimately the final product exceeded everyone’s ambitions. Also learn how adaptation was addressed in parallel negotiations in Paris.

James then takes us back to UMD and how it co-hosted “Climate Action 2016”, a UN sponsored climate change event, bringing together some of the world leaders on climate change (Al Gore, Bill Nye the Science Guy, etc.).  Doug and James then pivot and discuss what Universities are doing around the country training the next generation of climate professionals. We discuss the differences between sustainability and adaptation; how UMD approaches this academic training; should mid-career professionals go back for more formal adaptation training; and also what employers are looking for in climate change professionals. We also learn how universities, in addition to their fossil fuel divestments, are also undertaking campus wide adaptation.  Those are some of the key issues, but listen in as Doug and James cover a lot more! 

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Oct 2, 2016

In this episode, host Doug Parsons speaks with Davia Palmeri, Climate Change Coordinator with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  Davia talks about the unique role that state agencies play in conserving wildlife. We learn a bit of the history behind wildlife management in the United States.  Doug and Davia then dig into the role state agencies have played in adaptation planning at the state and national level.  Davia explains the role of AFWA’s Climate Change committee and how it provides resources for adaptation planning to the states.  We discuss missed opportunities for long term wildlife funding with the failed Cap and Trade Bill.  Davia also discuss some of her favorite climate change resources, ranging from the Climate Smart report, to the Climate Change Academy hosted by the National Conservation Training Center.  We also discuss the National Fish, Wildlife and Plant Adaptation Strategy: the first of its kind.  Davia also highlights the new National Adaptation Leadership Awards and the upcoming call for nominations.  Finally, we discuss opportunities for rank and file state employees, conservationists from NGOs, and Federal employees, on how they can get involved with adaptation planning in their regions.  Davia was an amazing guest, with a passion for working with states on ways to conserve wildlife in a changing climate. Listen in on all these topics and more!  And stick around to hear what Davia’s favorite wildlife species are, and how they’ll fare under climate change!

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Sep 26, 2016

In this episode, host Doug Parsons speaks with doctoral student Samantha Montano, a “Disasterologist”, an expert in emergency management.  Samantha also blogs on this subject at her web site: www.disaster-ology.com.  Samantha recently published a news article for Vox magazine, highlighting the recent, unprecedented flooding in Louisiana, and  how underprepared the country is deal with natural disasters and how climate change is only going to make responding to these disasters harder.  In this episode, Samantha explains what the country’s emergency management system is; she also talks about what inspired her  to join this field, going into detail of her time living in New Orleans, helping with the recovery in post Hurricane Katrina.  Samantha also discusses the media’s failure to appropriately cover the recent catastrophic flooding event in Louisiana and what role the media has in natural disasters. Doug and Samantha discuss how the adaptation field can learn from the emergency management universe and how the two fields can collaborate to improve what each other is doing.  We also talk about the shortcomings of our regulatory and policy mechanisms to deal with disasters, especially during the recovery phase, and the missed opportunities for long term adaptation planning. Samantha also identifies her top recommendations to adaptation professionals to get more networked with emergency management professionals. Finally, Samantha talks about the 4 phases of emergency management, 1. Preparedness; 2.Response; 3. Recovery; and 4. Mitigation and how adaptation planning can learn from this framework. It’s a rich, enlightening and boisterous conversation! For more information on this podcast, visit our website at www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Itunes. Also, consider following us on Facebook at America Adapts!  Also, America Adapts plugs the inspiring podcast, Everyday Superhumans.

Sep 19, 2016

Show me adaptation in Missouri, the ‘Show Me’ state: Doug talks with Dennis Figg, longtime wildlife conservation leader from the state of Missouri.  Learn how climate change will fundamentally alter future wildlife management. Listen in as Doug and Dennis list their top 3 challenges facing the wildlife community.  They also discuss the limitations of the Endangered Species Act in the face of climate change and the overall approach of threatened and endangered species.  Learn about Missouri’s unique wildlife and Dennis’ decades working to protect this region. They also discuss the role of science in wildlife management and the challenges of developing effective policies from field research.  They also discuss the overall capacity of wildlife professionals to deal with the threat of climate change and how climate change will radically alter our perceptions of invasive species.  Dennis shares his experiences from his early days as a wildlife conservationist ,  all the way to his evolution into one of the country’s leading voices on climate change adaptation.  We also discuss: funding opportunities for adaptation; mandatory climate change training; understanding vulnerability assessments; getting the public behind these emerging concepts; and finding Bull sharks in the Mississippi River.   We discuss all these things and more!   For more information on this podcast, visit our website at www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Itunes. Also, consider following us on Facebook at America Adapts

Sep 12, 2016

America Adapts talks with Tristram Korten, investigative reporter from Florida who was responsible for the most covered climate change story of the year!  Learn the specific details on how Tristram broke the climate change story of the year, uncovering the fact that the Florida Governor had banned the use of climate change for state employees. Hear the untold stories of who was involved; what the ultimate fall out was from this story, and what it means for the future of Florida.  This amazing story was covered by almost every major news outlet, from Huffington Post, Washington Post, the New Republic, New York Magazine, USA Today, Time , CNN, and Newsweek; the international media also got involved, where Tristram describes when the French media conducted a surreal and humorous interview with him.  In addition, The Daily Show and even President Obama referenced this groundbreaking story.  Also, Doug and Tristram discuss the fall out of from the story and did it lead to any changes in government policy; they also discuss the ethics of government officials to share key information and the challenges of dealing with government employees;   Doug and Tristram then dig into the challenges of covering climate change stories in the popular media. Do reporters have the necessary skills and expertise to cover climate change, and specifically adapting to climate change? Doug and Tristram also discuss: the state of small and medium newspapers and their ability to function in the internet age; Tristram’s favorite news reporters; how the Republican party use to be the source of innovative climate change leadership;  the Zika virus and the future of Florida and the role of politics in climate change planning. This discussion is fundamentally about science integrity and the role of politics in that process. Yes, we cover a lot. So listen in as Tristram and Doug go play by play and recreate what exactly happened that led to the climate change story of the year!

Tristram Korten is a magazine and radio journalist based out of Miami. He writes about environment, politics, and investigative stories in the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean Basin. His work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, The NewRepublic.com, ForeignPolicy.com, Fast Company, Details, Macleans, Mother Jones, and newspapers like the Miami Herald and The New York Times. Tristram's radio stories have aired on NPR's "Here and Now" and PRI's "The World." He's won numerous awards, including a National Headliner Grand Prize in 2012 and most recently the 2016 Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting in Florida, for a series exposing how the Florida Governor's Office banned the term "climate change" within state government.

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Sep 5, 2016

Episode 8:  Rivers, watersheds and climate change adaptation!  America Adapts talks with Watershed/Adaptation Planner Rebecca Esselman of the Huron River Watershed Council.  Learn how HRWC became one of the first local watershed groups to bring in adaptation staff.  Many river advocates have long argued that watersheds should be the landscape model for conservation planning. Listen in as Doug talks with Rebecca on the challenges and opportunities that local watershed groups have when dealing with climate change adaptation.  The Huron River is a major urban river, part of the greater Detroit watershed.  Rebecca describes working with local watershed stakeholders on how they need to focus on future threats like climate change and what that means for present day decision making. Also hear more about some of their current adaptation projects, one of which is funded by the Doris Duke Foundation’s Adaptation Fund.  Rebecca also proposes developing a “climate network” of local groups to keep the momentum going on existing efforts and to develop new partnerships.  Rebecca also discusses the struggles of identifying funding streams for inland landscapes since so much adaptation emphasis has been placed on coastal areas in recent years.  This podcast highlights the issue that adaptation planning must be local if we were are going to get the public behind these efforts.  For more information on this podcast, visit our website at www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Itunes. Also, consider following us on Facebook at America Adapts!  

Aug 28, 2016

Episode 7:  Britt Basel, Adaptation Consultant with Ecothropic.  Listen in as Doug Parsons talks with Britt, an adaptation expert, whose work has spanned the globe.  In this episode, we discuss Britt’s unique experiences working with the people of the Solomon Islands doing adaptation planning.  Find out how gender can play a role in the process of adaptation planning.  Britt vividly describes her experiences working individually, with both the women and men of the Solomon Islands.  Britt shares what it was like facilitating a woman’s adaptation workshop, followed by a men’s only workshop, and the cultural aspects needed to merge those two efforts in the development of an effective adaptation plan (Britt has created an amazing, and short, youtube video explaining these efforts on the Island here).  Britt and Doug also discuss the role of human dimensions in adaptation planning. Britt is also an expert storyteller and we talk about how that skill will be critical in helping communities identify effective ways to adapt to climate change.  We also talk about Britt’s experiences in Cuba and what lessons the U.S. could learn from these international efforts. For more information on this podcast, visit our website at www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Itunes. Also, consider following us on Facebook at America Adapts!

Aug 21, 2016

Episode 6: Adam Spencer with Filmmakers for Conservation. Adam and Doug discuss how you can use visuals to tell your adaptation story. Adam has just started turning his environmental film making skills toward adaptation. We discuss using film, TV, and even graphic novel comics as mediums to discuss climate change adaptation. Will a conservation meme change the course of history? We also get into a spirited discussion on how conservation funding undervalues communication and what steps we might take to bring more creative approaches to science communication.  As a bonus, Adam, an environmental film/documentary aficionado shares with us his all time favorite environmental films. For more information on this podcast, visit our website at www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Itunes. Also, consider following us on Facebook at America Adapts!

 

Aug 15, 2016

Episode 5: Beth Gibbons, Managing Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals talks shop with Doug Parsons. Beth is the new Managing Director of ASAP: if you are an existing member, hear what Beth has to say about the future of ASAP; and, if you are considering joining, learn more about how the society can be relevant to your work, or how you can be relevant to the society!  Also, Beth and Doug discuss (and sometimes debate!) what happens next with adaptation policy; getting out of the shadow of mitigation; should adaptation professional be certified; and much more.  Tune in for all things adaptation and if you should join A.S.A.P., ASAP! (sorry, couldn’t resist) For more information on this podcast, visit our website at www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Itunes. Also, consider following us on Facebook at America Adapts!

Aug 2, 2016

Episode 4:  Bob Glazer - In this episode,  Doug Parsons talks with Bob Glazer, research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  Join us and learn how Florida is adapting to climate change. Florida is consistently in the headlines regarding climate change, for better or for worse. Don't let the headlines fool you: Florida is considered a national leader on adaptation planning! Our guest, Bob Glazer, was recently commended by the prestigious Climate Change Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources.  We cover topics ranging from sea level rising planning; is there a future for the Key Deer; how south Florida local governments are forging ahead on adaptation planning and much more!  For more information on this podcast, visit our website at www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Itunes. Also, consider following us on Facebook at America Adapts!

Jul 25, 2016

Episode 3:  Dr. Nikhil Advani - In this episode, the host, Doug Parsons has a lively discussion with Dr. Nikhil Advani, Senior Program Manager for Adaptation at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Dr. Advani will answer questions ranging from: will pandas become an invasive species in future climates (short answer: no); what is the difference between adaptation in the U.S. and developing countries; WWF's innovative 'crowdsourcing' program; how does a famous global conservation group like WWF communicate a complex subject like adaptation and much much more. For more information on this podcast, visit our website at www.americaadapts.org and don't forget to subscribe to this podcast on Itunes. Also, consider following us on Facebook at America Adapts!

Jul 22, 2016

Episode 2:  Dr. Molly Cross: In the second episode, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Molly Cross, the Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Listen in as Doug and Molly discuss how to fund adaptation; identifying 'bad' adaptation; the Supreme Court, porn and adaptation (yes, you read that right); on the ground examples, behind the scenes of a Tedx talk and much more!   Tim Watkins, a science educator, joins Doug for a brief adaptation round table, discussing climate change and the Republican National Convention.  Please, join us to learn what Dr. Cross means by 'getting excited about climate change'!

Jul 11, 2016
America's Best Idea: Adapting to Climate Change! National Parks, Scenario Planning and much more!

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Episode 1: Dr. Nick Fischelli:  In the premiere episode, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Nick Fisichelli, a forest ecologist and expert in climate change scenario planning. The sometimes humorous conversation covers such diverse topics as climate change planning in the National Parks, adaptation versus resilience, and how scenario planning can be a great tool for planning. Tim Watkins, a science educator, joins Doug for a brief adaptation round table, discussing current events related to adaptation.  If you're looking for an informative, yet lively and fun discussion around climate change, please listen in!

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