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Tag Archives: Climate Change

June 25, 2017
Mayors: Look to Us, Not D.C., For Results
Washington Post

Think Washington, D.C., and your statehouse are irredeemable and unproductive? Look to city hall for answers. That’s the message from the nation’s mayors six months in to Donald Trump’s presidency.

We’re Not Ready for Extreme Heat Waves

Heat waves are nothing new, but they have increased in frequency and severity in recent decades as a result of climate change. And each extreme heat event reveals another way our society simply isn’t built for such high temperatures, from transportation to agriculture.

June 22, 2017
June 21, 2017
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June 19, 2017
Deadly Heat Waves To Become More Common

Deadly heat waves are going to be a much bigger problem in the coming decades, becoming more frequent and occurring over a much greater portion of the planet because of climate change, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change.

June 18, 2017
Climate Change as a Design Problem
New York Times

Discussions of climate change begin in cities and towns where the rising ocean is an existential threat. But when he chose to embark on a series on the topic, Michael Kimmelman, the Times’s architecture critic, started instead with a long look at landlocked Mexico City.

Why CA’s Climate Change Fight Is Also About Public Health
Time Magazine

California addressing climate change isn’t just about saving the world from rising sea levels, intense heat and extreme weather events. Environmental policy experts say the state’s aggressive global warming program will also help solve a longstanding public health problem.

How Business Can Take the Lead on Combating Climate Change

Amazon, Apple, Target and other large companies are pledging to work toward the metrics established by the Paris agreement. Can state and local government fill the void left at the federal level? Or is this a job best left to business?

Why NYC’s New Climate Program Includes Making Friends

This week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced a new initiative to combat climate change–augmented extreme heat in the city. It comes down to: Plant a tree! Make a pal! Those are actually not bad ideas.

Baltimore Mayor Joins Paris Accord After Removing Bike Lane
Systemic Failure

On June 1st, Baltimore Mayor Pugh announced that the Potomic street cycletrack would be ripped out, and downgraded to a dysfunctional and unprotected bike lane. He proceeded to offer a statement in support of the Paris agreement a mere 48 hours later.

Preventing Industrial Disasters in a Time of Climate Change
Social Science Research Network (abstract)

This paper proposes a policy framework to prevent coastal industrial disasters: financial assurance requirements can induce industry to adapt to the coastal impacts of climate change and can ensure that the public will be compensated for any disasters that nonetheless occur.

June 15, 2017
June 13, 2017
California Mayors Make Zero Emissions Pledge at Ports
Next Gen Transportation News

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia have signed an agreement that sets ambitious goals for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to make the transition to zero emissions in their Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).

US Cities Don’t Need Paris for Climate Change

From New York to Houston to Anchorage, hundreds of mayors reacted to President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement by reasserting or even intensifying their commitment to fighting climate change.

June 12, 2017


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