Public TV is doing a four-part series on Sinking Cities, places that are undergoing profound changes from climate change.
Update: The first segment was on NY City and it was excellent. Other cities to be featured are London, Tokyo, and Miami.
Here are two recent articles worth noting:
The source of this article is not familiar to the Diva, but the topic is one worth calling to your attention. See: Credit Downgrades Imminent for Cities Unprepared for Climate Impacts, Study Says
Citizens and politicians in Alaska are well aware of the effects on their state. From the NY Times, see Impossible to Ignore’: Why Alaska Is Crafting a Plan to Fight Climate Change.
New from the National Academy of Sciences: Protecting the Health and Well-Being of Communities in a Changing Climate; Proceedings of a Workshop (2018)
[Note: all of their ebooks are free.}
From the HuffPost: FEMA’s Latest Excuse For Why It’s Ignoring Climate Change: It Forgot
Rep. Keith Ellison asked the agency why, and so far he’s not happy with the answer. In its latest response, FEMA says it basically forgot.
“There was no decision, and no direction, to deliberately avoid or omit any particular term in the writing of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan,” FEMA Director Brock Long wrote on April 12, referring to the document the agency uses to help anticipate and prepare the nation for natural disasters.
Long’s claim is a remarkable one given that 2017 was the costliest, most-damaging year on record for weather and climate-related disasters in the U.S., and the third-warmest year on record. Experts predict those costs, which directly impact FEMA’s operation, will increase as the climate shifts further and further from its baseline.
From the Sierra Club magazine: The Case for Climate Reparations. Who should pay the costs for climate-change-related disasters?