Climate Refugees in the United States

  Since 2009 over 22.5 million people have become climate refugees (IDMC 2015). These are people that are forced to move because their communities are no longer inhabitable, whether this is from sea-level rise, floods, severe droughts, hurricanes, etc. Americans typically think of climate refugees as something that is happening somewhere else in a distant…

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Becoming less uncertain about climate change

Much of the delay in climate adaptation planning is because of the uncertainty surrounding actual impacts to our communities and the severity of these impacts. This uncertainty is trumpeted by our new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and by the House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith as reason to not take action. They argue the models…

Belief in Climate Change Increasing, but Sense of Urgency Lacking for Much of Population

A growing number of people in the United States believe that global warming is happening, however, the number of people who feel it is a threat to their well-being is still fairly low. According to a 2016 Yale Climate Opinion study, 70% of US residents believe climate change is happening. However, only 40% feel they…

Climate Adaptation Planning Frameworks

Cities have come and gone due to┬ásignificant changes in weather patterns. Ancient tribes such as the Ancestral Puebloans in Mesa Verde are rumored to have abandoned their Cliff Palace due to significant changes in weather, particularly drought, making life there unsustainable. The Ancestral Puebloans were forced to migrate away from their lands due to the…

Adaptation Gap with Climate Change

Although there is no uncertainty that climate change is happening and that the significant addition of GHG by human activity is accelerating this change globally, there is still some questions on what will be the impact on a regional and local scale. The global models largely agree on a macro level of potential climate outcomes,…