In this file photo, Edison Dardar, an American Indian, tosses a cast net for shrimp on the edge of Pointe- aux-Chenes wildlife management area, in Isle de Jean Charles, La. (Gerald Herbert/AP)
As President Trump dismantles climate change protections, some coastal communities are now planning a “managed retreat” from sea rise. We’ll look at what that means.
American efforts to help stall climate change, thrown into reverse this week as President Trump went to the EPA to announce a new way ahead. Communities on the front lines of climate change are watching. On the coasts, with sea level rise already an issue, some are now talking about “managed retreat.” An orderly surrender to rising oceans. A new study looks at how that works. This hour On Point, if we don’t stop the change, the realities of “managed retreat” from the sea. — Tom Ashbrook
Miyuki Hino, doctoral student in environment and resources at Stanford University. Lead author in a new report on managed retreat, published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Robin Bronen, senior research scientist at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
Ben Strauss, ecologist and evolutionary biologist. Vice president for sea level and climate impacts at Climate Central, an independent organization of journalists and scientists reporting on climate change. (@ben_strauss)
From Tom’s Reading List
Nature Climate Change: Managed retreat as a response to natural hazard risk — “Managed retreat is a potentially important climate change adaptation option, providing an alternative to structural protection or accommodation measures to manage natural hazard risk. However, its application faces challenges given the projected scale of climate-induced displacement and the difficulties of resettlement. We evaluate the drivers, barriers and outcomes of 27 recent cases of managed retreat that have resettled approximately 1.3 million people.”
New Yorker: When Is It Time To Retreat From Climate Change? — “Louisianans are more familiar than most Americans with the immediate effects of climate change, having lived through a number of record-breaking rainstorms and hurricanes in recent decades. The state is implementing a comprehensive plan to reduce flood risk, and officials in Washington, D.C., and Baton Rouge hope that the Isle de Jean Charles retreat, which has been carefully planned to preserve community ties, will serve as a model for future relocations along the Louisiana coast. But in other parts of the country the situation is murkier. ”
See Science Climate Change article:
- Managed retreat as a response to natural hazard risk : Nature Climate Change : Nature Research March 30, 2017