Future Power Sector…you still have a water problem

I wrote last week about the dependency of our power sector on water to keep the power plants cool and to produce power. The ways to reduce this dependency are to move toward more power sources that are air cooled, such as combined heat and power, renewables, such as solar PV and wind or what…

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Quick Tips for Cities – Energy Efficiency and Climate Adaptation

Part two of Quick Tips Series: There is growing conversation among the public and private sector about what steps need to be taken to improve community resilience in the face of climate change. A very holistic approach must be taken including improving food security, investing in green infrastructure, giving a voice to vulnerable communities,  implementing…

Policy Snapshot: Understanding the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

Earlier this week I posted about to what extent the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement matters. I wrote a separate blog post over at HARC, a sustainability focused research institute in The Woodland, TX.   Here is an excerpt...   On Thursday, June 1st, President Trump and his Administration withdrew the United States from the…

The United States’ Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement – Does it matter?

At first glance one can argue that the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement hurts the United State's standing in the climate mitigation arena and puts the entire agreement at risk. The US has abdicated its leadership position on climate and is turning its back on the global effort to mitigate climate change. That…

Paying for More Resilient Infrastructure: Some Options Exist

  Local and state governments are quickly falling behind maintaining its critical infrastructure. Just check out the American Society of Civil Engineer's Infrastructure Report Card to see how US infrastructure is not making the grade. One trillion dollars is needed in the next few years just to bring water infrastructure up to standards and meet…

Funding Resilient Infrastructure: What are the Options?

I recently wrote a post on the double climate risk that the Texas Gulf Coast faces regarding climate change. One of the primary concerns is the lack of local funds that are available to maintain existing infrastructure, much less develop more adaptive infrastructure. However, there are a variety of options for the Gulf Coast to consider…

The Adaptation Disconnect: Evidence and Action

An article in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, provided a great example of the current issues that are hampering cities' climate adaptation planning. I discussed this issue in an earlier blog post about the adaptation gap. The adaptation gap is the difference between adaptation efforts and adaptation need. This gap is largely a result of uncertainty by key…