Category: Resiliency

cities and global warming and climate change

Climate Change Risks Spark New Types Of Insurance Policies Coral reefs, mangroves and even some fish could soon have their own insurance policies as the industry seeks new ways to boost protection for those affected by the ocean changes wrought by climate change. Warmer sea temperatures have led to more intense storms in the Atlantic […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Coastal Cities Unprepared After the storm, after the flooding, after the investigations, the US realized what happened to New Orleans on August 29, 2005 was not a natural disaster. The levee system built by the US Army Corps of Engineers had structural flaws, and those flaws were awaiting the right circumstances. New Orleans is not […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Global Warming Gaining Speed With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s “Low Carbon Economy Index,” a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report highlights an “unmistakable trend”: The world’s major economies are increasingly failing to do what’s needed […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Urban Resilience The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks to find 100 cities that are ready to build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world. We can’t predict the next disruption or catastrophe. But we can control how we respond to these challenges. We can adapt to […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Carbon, Climate, Change Ursula Rakova was born in a tropical paradise. The tiny, low-lying islet of Han is part of the Carteret Atoll in the southwest Pacific, with clear blue waters lapping at its palm-fringed shores. Fish was plentiful and so was taro, the staple food. The atoll community is matrilineal, and Rakova’s mother passed ownership […]

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trees and carbon capture

Urban Deforestation, Reforestation A multi-state team from universities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland are working to advance the profession of urban forestry. The team led by researchers at Virginia Tech has launched Urban Forestry 2020. The project aims to examine the challenges faced by the urban forestry profession and devise strategies for advancing the […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Green Cities, Green Economies Part Of Solution By the end of this century, ten billion people will inhabit our planet, with 8.5 billion living in cities. This could be the stuff of nightmares. But, with sufficient political will, vision, and creativity – along with some simple, practical policy changes – we may be able to […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Global Warming Heating Up By Michael E. Mann The overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that human-caused climate change is happening. Yet a fringe minority of our populace clings to an irrational rejection of well-established science. This virulent strain of anti-science infects the halls of Congress, the pages of leading newspapers and what we see on […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Green Cities Part Of Solution By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon I thank you for your commitment to sustainable urbanization. By the middle of this century, 70 percent of all people will be living in cities. Almost all urban growth will be in developing countries. The challenges are immense. But the opportunities are even greater. Cities can be the […]

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cities and global warming and climate change

Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge Today, we are excited to name the first group of cities selected through the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge – cities who have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses. Since we announced the challenge […]

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