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You Can’t Handle the Truth: Rising Sea Levels and the Law

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

Release Date: 04/15/2018

Hello, Miami!  Fundamentals of Local Climate Adaptation Reporting with Alex Harris of the Miami Herald show art Hello, Miami! Fundamentals of Local Climate Adaptation Reporting with Alex Harris of the Miami Herald

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

Alex Harris, a climate reporter with the Miami Herald joins the pod. We discuss the importance of local media for adaptation; using the latest science as a reporter; the mega projects Miami is considering to halt flooding and sea level rise; how a nearly decade old Rolling Stone article on climate change still haunts local officials; what happened to the Florida Chief Resilience Officer and why it’s so hard to stop using polluting septic tanks in Miami.

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Transformative Climate Adaptation in the United States: Trends and Prospects with Dr. Susanne Moser and Dr. Linda Shi show art Transformative Climate Adaptation in the United States: Trends and Prospects with Dr. Susanne Moser and Dr. Linda Shi

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

What is transformative climate adaptation? Dr. Susanne Moser and Dr. Linda Shi discuss a new article they published Transformative Climate Adaptation in the United States: Trends and Prospects. Learn what it is and how it can influence climate equity and justice issues. We discuss democratic governments are the best model for transformative adaptation. Also, in a bonus conversation, Alice Hill returns to discuss how climate change is not properly included in economic risk planning.

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2021 Spring Adaptation Book Episode – All Things Sea Level Rise show art 2021 Spring Adaptation Book Episode – All Things Sea Level Rise

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

Doug is highlighting two new adaptation books, Moving to Higher Ground, Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward by sea level rise expert John Englander and a Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation, edited by Dr. Carolyn Kousky at the Wharton School at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. We’ll take a sneak peak in these books that are focusing on coastal adaptation and sea level rise. Learn what inspired the authors to write each book and how each brings new, important ideas in this emerging field of adaptation.

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Rising Tides – A National Geographic Explorer’s Adaptation Journey with Dr. Victoria Herrmann show art Rising Tides – A National Geographic Explorer’s Adaptation Journey with Dr. Victoria Herrmann

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

Nat Geo and climate change. Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Victoria Herrmann, the Managing Director of the Arctic Institute and a National Geographic Explorer. What is a Nat Geo Explorer; her travels with the America Eroding Edges project; the origins of Rising Tides, an organization that pairs climate experts with at risk communities and we discuss the evolving nature of adaptation professionals. Also, Judge Alice Hill joins to discuss her time developing adaptation policy in the Obama White House.

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Adaptation U. – Mastering Climate Adaptation in Higher Education show art Adaptation U. – Mastering Climate Adaptation in Higher Education

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

A new Master's in climate adaptation. Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Jeanine Dudle and Dr. Sarah Strauss of Worcester Polytechnic Institute about launching a pioneering graduate program in community climate adaptation. The three discuss the challenges of starting a new program; how they developed the curricula; what type of students would excel in their program and the growing demand for professionals with a strong adaptation background.

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California Adapts to Climate Change Part 3:  The Adaptation Scorecard (Re-release) show art California Adapts to Climate Change Part 3: The Adaptation Scorecard (Re-release)

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

Doug Parsons and writer/producer Randy Olson talk about their overall impressions of climate adaptation in California. Each of the experts interviewed during the journey gave scores from 1 to 10 for their opinion of how well they think the state is addressing their element of climate adaptation. The analysis ends with one more expert - a dissenting voice in terms of how well California is preparing for the changes in the climate that are already happening.

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California Adapts to Climate Change part 2:  Fire, Drought, Flood, Temperature and Sea level rise (Re-release) show art California Adapts to Climate Change part 2: Fire, Drought, Flood, Temperature and Sea level rise (Re-release)

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

Doug Parsons’ journeys around California exploring the five most important elements of climate adaptation for the state — fire, drought, flood, temperature and sea level rise. He visits the burn area of the Thomas Fire of December 2017 with a fire captain, talks about drought with the state’s “Water Czar,” standing beside the Sacramento River, hears the details of the ARkStorm Mega-flood Scenario from a climate scientist, and visits the central coast of California to talk about sea level rise.

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California Adapts to Climate Change Part 1:  Environmental History (Re-release) show art California Adapts to Climate Change Part 1: Environmental History (Re-release)

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

In this episode, host Doug Parsons takes an in-depth look at the state of California, presenting it’s long history of environmental leadership. Geologist Jeff Mount of UC Davis tells the epic tale of the 1861-1862 floods that washed out Sacramento. Environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr. and “The Queen of Green,” longtime head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Mary Nichols tells about how the state managed to clean up the smog problem of the 1970’s.

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Hazard Mitigation meets Climate Adaptation – with Dr. Andrew Rumbach show art Hazard Mitigation meets Climate Adaptation – with Dr. Andrew Rumbach

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

How is hazard mitigation related to climate adaptation? Andrew Rumbach, Assc. Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University joins the pod. The two discuss the similarities (and differences) between the two fields. Andrew shares research, looking at historic resources vulnerabilities to climate change and we learn the unique role mobile homes play in determining a community’s overall resistance to climate and weather threats. That and much more!

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The Perils of the Securitization of Climate Change with Sherri Goodman show art The Perils of the Securitization of Climate Change with Sherri Goodman

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

Doug hosts Sherri Goodman, a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the Senior Strategist at the Center for Climate and Security. We cover such topics as climate change being the ultimate national security threat multiplier. Also, we discuss some of the early climate work she did in Congress and in the executive branch; the ‘climatization of security’; emerging threats in the arctic and how shifting political winds cam impact long term planning for national security.

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In episode 64 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Margaret Peloso, of the law firm Vinson and Elkins.  Margaret shares insights from her book Adapting to Rising Sea Levels: Legal Challenges and Opportunities. Doug and Margaret dig into topics such as the conversion of private land to public land as the oceans rise; adaptation and the public trust doctrine; coastal Superfund sites and corporate responsibility; will eminent domain drive coastal planning in the years ahead and much more!

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The public trust and sea level rise;
  • Legal precedent and sea level rise;
  • A new definition of private property;
  • Sea level rise and Superfund sites;
  • Policy versus the law as an adaptation strategy;
  • The legal definition of resilience;
  • Adaptation law as a profession;
  • The advantages and perils of using eminent domain for coastal planning;
  • Favorite lawyer movies and favorite lawyer jokes.

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Links in episode:
https://www.amazon.com/Adapting-Rising-Sea-Levels-Opportunities/dp/1611636183
https://www.velaw.com/Who-We-Are/Find-a-Lawyer/Peloso--Margaret/
https://www.velaw.com/AdaptingToRisingSeaLevels/
From the NYT on chemical plants:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/06/climate/flood-toxic-chemicals.html
Predictive tools on SLR to assist the corporate community: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/climate/mapping-future-climate-risk.html
EPA’s page on Superfund and climate change:
https://www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-climate-change-adaptation
AP article on superfund sites prone to flooding (has a great interactive map): https://www.apnews.com/31765cc6d10244588805ee738edcb36b
Australia Adaptation Summit
http://vicadaptation18.w.yrd.currinda.com/#
http://climate-adaptation-2018.w.yrd.currinda.com/what-39-s-on#program-header

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