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- Greta Thunberg leads New York protest for climate change action September 21, 2019
- ‘We will make them hear us’: Greta Thunberg’s speech to New York climate strike September 21, 2019
- UN chief sees change in momentum of climate action thanks to youth movement September 21, 2019
- Empires of the Weak: The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order: Jason Sharman September 21, 2019
- Climate Change: what do you want me to say? | FT September 21, 2019
- Protesting climate change in New York, masses gather in global strike epicenter September 21, 2019
- Millions in 150 countries join protest for climate action September 21, 2019
- Donald Trump vs. California | Washington Week | PBS September 21, 2019
- Climate Strike in New York City September 21, 2019
- Former U.S. senior diplomat hails B&R Initiative as far-sighted September 21, 2019
- Documentary Photography: People of the Yellow River September 21, 2019
- China’s efforts in dealing with global warming September 21, 2019
- Protesters gather for leaders to take action on climate change September 21, 2019
- TIA KANSARA on Our Habits of Waste September 21, 2019
- Use Natural Climate Solutions To Protect Nature | Extinction Rebellion – YouTube September 21, 2019
- Warning that no-deal Brexit will lead to food shortages and price hikes September 20, 2019
- Humanity Is Pumping Carbon Dioxide Into The Atmosphere At The Fastest Rates In History, Overfishing September 20, 2019
- “Urgency of climate crisis encompasses everything else we care about” – Indigenous Climate Activist September 20, 2019
- Live | Global climate strikes kick off ahead of UN summit on climate change September 20, 2019
- “Young People Have Had Enough”: Global Climate Strike Youth Activists on Why They Are Marchi ng September 20, 2019
- Greta Thunberg: Our House Is On Fire September 20, 2019
- Worldwide rallies to call for more actions against climate change September 20, 2019
- We’re doomed if solar energy stalls—here’s how to keep it rising | Varun Sivaram | TEDxYale September 20, 2019
- Why Solar Energy Needs Innovation to Reach Its Potential September 20, 2019
- Climate change: the trouble with trees | The Economist September 20, 2019
- Greta Thunberg Testifies Before U.S. Congress | NowThis September 20, 2019
- CLIMATE FORCING | Our Future is Cold September 20, 2019
- #naturenow – Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot on natural climate solutions September 20, 2019
- David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg and Jane Goodall have a message for you about the planet September 20, 2019
- Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot make short film on the climate crisis September 20, 2019
- Saving our island – Youth from the Pacific (360 video) September 20, 2019
- UN: Egyptian city of Alexandria is sinking due to global warming September 20, 2019
- US-Iran Tensions Could Overshadow Push for Climate Action at UN September 20, 2019
- Global Climate Strike: Latest updates – BBC News September 20, 2019
- Everything Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Said Before Congress | NBC New York September 19, 2019
- Amnesty Head: Kumi Naidoo -Climate Crisis Is a “Death Penalty” for Humanity. Leaders Need Politic al Will to Act September 19, 2019
- University of California to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies September 19, 2019
- Former Executives Acquitted over Roles in Fukushima Nuclear Disaster September 19, 2019
- Thousands Fall Ill as Indonesian Fires Spread Toxic Haze September 19, 2019
- Youth Activist Greta Thunberg to U.S. Lawmakers: Listen to Climate Scientists September 19, 2019
- The New Global Threat from GMOs September 19, 2019
- Man Spends 30 Years Regenerating Farmland into Amazing Forest | Fools & Dreamers (Full Documentary) September 19, 2019
- The tiny creature that secretly powers the planet | Penny Chisholm September 19, 2019
- Chinese Desert Farming Miracle September 19, 2019
- Plant to Power in Burkina Faso September 19, 2019
- Young Champion of the Earth 2019: Omar Itani September 19, 2019
- “Beaten Down, Worked Up”: Steven Greenhouse on the UAW Strike & the State of American Labor September 19, 2019
- The countries grappling with their European heritage – BBC News September 18, 2019
- Elizabeth Warren Targets ‘Corruption Right At The Heart Of Our Government’ | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC September 18, 2019
- ‘We’re a team’: Greta Thunberg visits Barack Obama September 18, 2019
Daily Archives: January 9, 2018
January 12, 2018 – Risk Management Choices: Adaptation Strategies by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Insurance Industry – Climate Adaptation Forum
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Includes continental breakfast.
Forum: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Includes networking break.
Email: email@example.com Phone: 617-505-1818
Climate Adaptation Forum Overview
Adaptation to climate change has emerged as an essential and permanent topic for professional, academic, government and public discussion.
Civil engineers, architects, building owners, real estate investors, insurers, planners, environmental regulators, transportation providers, emergency responders, public health providers, and many others are grappling with how to incorporate the evident need for adaptation and resilience into much of what they do. Academia is also deepening its involvement with this most important and fascinating set of public policy issues.
The growing body of experience and expertise in adaptation is not widely appreciated either within or across the traditional silos that define professions, disciplines and practices. At the same time, there is no regular, ongoing opportunity for adaptation professionals from various fields to meet in Boston to cross-pollinate ideas and share solutions to common problems.
The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston have collaborated to establish a quarterly series of half-day Climate Adaptation Forums that will provide cutting-edge thought leadership on adaptation to climate change for environmental and energy professionals, policy makers, municipal officials, NGOs, and practitioners.
These quarterly forums will address everything from infrastructure and design solutions to communication challenges and barriers to implementation to policy solutions to the nexus of climate and equity. Local, national and global speakers will represent forward-thinking institutions, global firms, academia, government and other high level practitioners. Join the ever-growing group of professionals working to address the challenge of climate change adaptation and resiliency at the quarterly forums.
Welcome: David W. Cash, Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
Program Introduction & Overview: Daniel K. Moon, President & Executive Director, Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc.
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Complete Forum Website (with links to talks and presentations)
Links to presentation materials:
Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Report from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Matthew Beaton, Secretary
Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Katie Theoharides, Assistant Secretary of Climate Change
Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Click to View the Presentation – Theoharides – January 12 2018
Resilience in Massachusetts Emergency Management
Thad J. Leugemors, PMP, Mitigation and Recovery Section Chief
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Click to View the Presentation – Leugemors – January 12 2018
Moving from Science to Action: UMass’ role in MA Climate Adaptation Efforts
Richard Palmer, Ph.D., University Director
Northeast Climate Science Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Click to View the Presentation – Palmer – January 12 2018
Modeling the Vulnerability of Transportation Infrastructure to Coastal Flooding Along the Massachusetts Coastline: The good, the bad, and the wicked difficult
Ellen Douglas, P.E., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hydrology
School for the Environment
University of Massachusetts Boston
Click to View the Presentation – Douglas – January 12 2018
Natural Hazards Resiliency – An Insurer’s Perspective
Brion Callori, Senior Vice President
Engineering and Research
Click to View the Presentation – Callori – January 12 2018
The Edgewater Park community in the Bronx has had among the most flood insurance claims in New York City in recent years. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times
As FEMA revises the maps to account for climate change, deciding who is in the flood zone will be a battle with millions of dollars at stake.
By DAVID W. CHEN JAN. 7, 2018
With its 520 miles of coastline and thousands of acres of waterfront development, New York has more residents living in high-risk flood zones than any other city in the country. Hurricane Sandy, the devastating October 2012 storm, did $19 billion in damage to the city, and the pace of development along the water has only increased.
Now, after a year in which hurricanes ravaged Houston and the Caribbean, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is substantially redrawing New York’s flood maps for the first time in three decades. It is a painstaking process that will affect tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people, determining how and where buildings can be constructed and the cost of flood insurance on everything from modest bungalows to luxury skyscrapers.
New York will be the first major metropolis to be remapped taking into account the realities of climate change, like rising sea levels and increasingly powerful storms.
The new models, for coastal areas stretching from Cape May to the Hudson Valley, will be used to shape the city’s future zoning, development and building standards to help it become more sustainable. As a result, FEMA and city officials say, New York could be an example for other places around the country.
But the maps will also be shaped by the history of New York, where 80 percent of properties were built before the current flood maps and requirements were in place, as opposed to 20 percent nationally, noted J. Andrew Martin, acting chief of FEMA’s risk analysis branch in New York. If those older buildings end up in high-risk zones, their owners could be required to buy flood insurance or make expensive modifications, adding costs that are beyond the reach of many working-class homeowners.
The remains of a house in Perryville, Mo., after a tornado.CreditJon Durr/Getty Images
By Kendra Pierre-Louis Jan. 8, 2018
Extreme weather events caused a total of $306 billion in damage in the United States last year, making 2017 the most expensive year on record for natural disasters in the country, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.
A trio of major hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, contributed hundreds of billions to the total. But the year was seemingly mired in disaster, from a freeze in the Southeast that damaged fruit crops in March, to hail storms that whipped across Colorado, Oklahoma and other central states in May, to the tornadoes that struck the Midwest in June.
Unusual consequences of extreme weather could be found all over the map. Thirteen cows died in a field in Pennington County, S.D., after ingesting anthrax spores from the soil; they had changed their grazing patterns during a drought that lasted much of the year in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. The cows’ demise was a small part of the $2.5 billion of damage that struck the three states.
In all, there were 16 natural disasters that caused more than $1 billion of damage in 2017. In 1980, when NOAA first started tallying records, there were only three such disasters, adjusted for inflation. This year’s $306 billion in damage broke a record set in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina contributed to a total of $215 billion in damage, also adjusted for inflation.
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent
- 8 January 2018
The US experienced a record year of losses from fires, hurricanes and other weather related disasters in 2017, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa).
Total losses amounted to $306bn the agency said, over $90bn more than the previous record set in 2005.
Last year saw 16 separate events with losses exceeding $1bn, including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Noaa confirmed that 2017 was the third warmest year on record for the US.
Last year witnessed two Category 4 hurricanes make landfall in the States.
Hurricane Harvey produced major flooding as a result of a storm surge and extreme rain. Nearly 800,000 people needed help. Researchers have already shown that climate change increased the likelihood of the observed rainfall by a factor of at least 3.5.