Communication, Media & Politics in a Risk Society

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Resilience & Adaptation
How climate adaptation experts help companies prepare for disaster

How climate adaptation experts help companies prepare for disaster

–By Amy Westervelt, reposted from Ensia magazine. As the planet warms, new careers are starting to emerge February 23, 2015 — In 2008, floods in Thailand forced the temporary closure of four Nike factories, costing the company millions of dollars. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy demolished Verizon’s copper-wire infrastructure on the U.S. eastern seaboard, costing thousands...
What historic megadroughts in the western US tell us about our climate future

What historic megadroughts in the western US tell us about our climate future

By Jason E. Smerdon, Columbia University Let’s start with some old news. Earth’s climate is warming, human activities are causing it, and as long as we continue to dump greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, the impacts on climate and society will only intensify. These impacts will be felt regionally and be linked to a...
Extreme weather exposes the vulnerability of our cities to climate change

Extreme weather exposes the vulnerability of our cities to climate change

By John Rennie Short, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Despite the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, January and February were not kind months for the people of Boston and New England. By February 10th, more than 60 inches of snow in 30 days fell on the city and parts of the wider region, closing schools,...
Does Global Warming Mean More or Less Snow?

Does Global Warming Mean More or Less Snow?

By Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research As first glance, asking whether global warming results in more snow may seem like a silly question because obviously, if it gets warm enough, there is no snow. Consequently, deniers of climate change have used recent snow dumps to cast doubt on a warming climate from human...

Our Super Zip State of Mind: Engaging with Communities Not Like Our Own

The transformation of Washington, DC into one of the world’s wealthiest regions has also turned the nation’s capital into one of its most like minded. The homogeneity in economic outlook and social experience has profound implications for how Beltway professionals and advocates design policy and strategy to deal with complex problems like climate change. “It’s...

ADAPTING TO ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE: COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES

Over the past year, I have had the great opportunity to work with faculty and students at the The University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and their NSF-funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) – the first of its kind to focus explicitly on adaptation to abrupt climate change.  Here is a short description on...

TIME Magazine on Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

Last week at Time magazine, Courtney Subramanian focused on the number of government agencies and professional groups working to focus public attention on the health implications of climate change.  In doing so, she spotlighted our Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded research examining how the public understands and responds to information about climate change when the...

Preparing for Gas Scarcity in a Post Sandy World

As New York City struggles to recover from Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg today announced that the city would start rationing gas, as long lines and scarce supplies continue to plague the area, reports the City Room blog at the New York Times. What’s happening in New York — once a reality to only those who had lived through...