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Because climate disruption is now priority #1
Because climate disruption is now priority #1


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A resilience communications strategy for our times

Now that it has become primarily about spreading resilience to make it through the climate calamity that has become inescapable, it will take a way-outside-the-box strategy to get people to get the urgency and get going on it.

No time to waste.
It begins with Appendix C16
It begins with Appendix C16

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Aristotle addresses energy in Puerto Rico

The island's power leaders are missing the ruthless science of imminent climate change, the kind that leaves little time to completely transform electricity generation and distribution before it is simply too late.

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Future risks. Future choices.

Miami Beach has convened an expert panel to tackle sea level rise. Kudos to them! It is the biggest-ever deep dive into the most vexing climate issue facing us all, so their report, due out this summer, will be must read for us all.

The Big Question is: how to adapt coastal cities to the escalating future risks they face in such a way that people will CHOOSE to live, work, play and study there vs. more habitable alternatives.

No easy answer there. That's for sure.

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It's like a support group

The more I travel down this climate road, the more people I find walking into the vexing inner struggle of what to do with this knowledge once you acquire it. That's what the upcoming documentary Once You Know will deal with, the first such film yet done. Check out the trailer here:

So the elephant in the room is being uncloaked. It is high time we bring these feelings and issues out in the open. Here's a column on that.
‘What I know is unbearable’
‘What I know is unbearable’

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The woman who dared say it

It's so hard, right? To talk about retreat.

Think about that word for a moment.


Like when you lose a battle and must retreat.

Noooooo!!! No freaking way, we say. We will not go down. We will hold our ground until the bitter end. No retreat. No surrender.

The same goes, it turns out, for retreating from coasts in the world's major, and proud, cities in the face of now-certain and sooner-than-expected sea-level rise, plus the storm surges that come with it, and more so cities on the path of monster storms.

In an earlier interview with former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for my Resilience Journal blog, he told me he hates to use it and prefers managed relocation instead.

But Beth Gibbons doesn't mind.

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Puerto Rico

Me da con poner este mensaje hoy en español, quizás inspirado por la columna que estoy posteando, aunque está en inglés. Más, supongo, porque ella tiene que ver con mi tierra, la muy azotada isla de Puerto Rico.

La cosa es que recién lancé un nuevo blog sobre mi pasión y misión de vida (profesionalmente hablando), la resiliencia climática. Se llama The Resilience Journal, un proyecto de periodismo independiente dirigido a un mercado internacional. Y es que ya el mundo no puede evitar el cambio climático que nos trae los María de la vida y que solo aumentará en su furia de aquí en adelante. Lo único que nos resta es ser RESILIENTES.

Sé que en este grupo de Cambio Climático nos hemos enfocado en la mitigación, o la esperanza de la prevención, que ya es más ilusión que esperanza. Pero ni modo. Mi voz ahora se levanta para ayudar al mundo a ser cada vez más resiliente a los embates extremos que nos estrujan como trapos con una frecuencia ya espantosa.

Los invito a que descubran y se suscriban a TRJ mediante el post de hoy. Resulta que mi país se ha convertido en la más reciente metáfora de lo impensable cuando se habla de las islas vulnerables del planeta. Es un llamado a encarar este nuevo futuro, que en definitiva es el único que nos toca.

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Can there be a more critical adaptation than food?

And within food adaptation, can there be a more resilient way to harvest than indoors, protected from extreme weather disruption by cement walls?

I think not, which is why I dug in and did this post for on the state of the industry and the one big thing needed for far more of our food to be grown inside.

If you care about the future of food, this is a must read. In the exclusive video interview, David Rosenberg, CEO of AeroFarms shares some cool secrets you'll want to pick up.

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Some numbers simply stick. They become symbols of an issue, like the 1% (inequality) and 2% (warming). Let's add 80% for the connection between gender inequality and climate, and then let's focus on #resilience.

If you think there is but a slight connection between gender inequality and climate resilience (SDG 5), it is time to rethink. Everything.
Eighty freaking percent
Eighty freaking percent
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Worsening outlook for cities

From a recent Newcastle Univ. study: "Businesses in some of the world's busiest corporate centers will face severe challenges from the changing climatic conditions, from supply chain chaos to threats to the health and well-being of office employees. The research highlights the urgent need to design and adapt our cities to cope with these future conditions," commented Professor Richard Dawson, co-author and lead investigator of the study.

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When extreme weather overwhelms adaptation

The time has come to embed extreme resilience in our lives and our policies. There is no other way forward.
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