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May 23, 2022

In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Erin Sikorsky, the director of The Center for Climate and Security. Erin and Doug discuss: how to elevate the urgency of climate change through national security; why climate change is considered a top threat to the U.S.; how it’s impacting the core duties of the U.S. military; where are global ‘hot spots’; how climate change could lead to further political polarization in the U.S.; the value of a National Adaptation Plan and more!

Topics covered:

  • Why we need to elevate the urgency of climate change.
  • Climate change is rated at the top of the list of threats to the United States. 
  • Climate change is a ‘shaping risk’ that influences many other national security topics.
  • How does climate change affect the core duties of the US military.
  • Climate change doesn’t fit neatly into how the intelligence community has normally organized itself.
  • Where are global climate ‘hot spots’ regarding national security.
  • Younger national security professionals more likely to see the risk of climate change.
  • Climate change could lead to more political polarization within the United States. 
  • Should the National Climate Assessment be treated with the same gravity as the National Threat Assessment. 
  • A National Adaptation Plan could benefit our national security.

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The Evolving Nature of Climate Fiction with Dr. Amy Brady

In episode 123 of, I hosted returning guest - climate fiction expert - Dr. Amy Brady!  This was Amy’s third time on the podcast and we catch up on topics like:  climate writers reaching out to scientists; can cli-fi influence people’s behavior to take action on climate change; how the tv and movie industry are taking note of climate fiction;  and the prevalence of climate justice in cli-fi.

Impacts of Rising Heat on Labor Markets and Public Education with Dr. Jisung Park of UCLA

And In episode 108 of, I hosted Dr. Jisung Park, assistant professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA.  We talked about  Jisung’s research, showing how increased temperatures can negatively impact student academic performance. Also, rising temperatures can lower worker productively, seriously impacting the labor market. We also discussed the positives and negatives of adaptation solutions (air conditioning) to these emerging problems. Jisung also shared how UCLA is training the next generation of adaptation professionals.

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