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Apr 20, 2020

In episode 110 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts two adaptation professionals, Shaun Martin of World Wildlife Fund and Emily Wasley of WSP to discuss how they are focusing on their jobs during a pandemic. Both share the changes in their work environment and how they are able to maintain their adaptation efforts in these trying times. Also, Dr. Gabriel Henderson comes on to share a paper he wrote that looks at early efforts to develop climate adaptation legislation during the Carter administration. Learn how these early efforts at resilience inform what we are seeing today in the adaptation space.

Topics covered:

  • Interview with Shaun Martin of World Wildlife Fund on how his adaptation program is responding to the pandemic.
  • How ‘flattening the curve’ for Covid-19 can be applied to climate change.
  • Emily Wasley of WSP discusses how she’s responding to the pandemic and how WSP is continuing their adaptation work.
  • Gabriel Henderson discusses a paper he published looking at the early history of climate resilience/adaptation that was proposed the late 1970s!
  • Discussion of how early efforts at resilience planning informed later adaptation efforts.

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