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America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

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A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. Join your host, Doug Parsons for America's leading podcast on climate change - America Adapts! Each episode, Doug sits down with scientists, activists, policymakers, and journalists to discuss the tough questions facing this country a… read more


Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance Adapts to Climate Change with Associate Administrator Francisco Sanchez Jr.

In episode 167, Doug Parsons hosts Francisco Sanchez Jr., Associate Administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Francisco shares what is the office of disaster assistance. We also discuss how climate change is requiring them to evolve their mission. SBA is actually a major funder of disaster preparedness, an increasingly important part of any adaptation response for communities. We also learn about Francisco’s previous experiences doing similar disaster work in Houston, Texas. He has some riveting stories as the city was preparing for Hurricane Harvey to make landfall. It’s a great episode and you get to hear how a federal agency is stepping up on the issue of climate change.

Topics covered:

  • What is the role of SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance
  • How is the Office evolving factoring in climate change.
  • What are some federal policies that make it hard to provide disaster assistance.
  • Learn why disaster preparedness is a key pillar of climate adaptation.
  • Learn how remarkable a storm event Hurricane Harvey in Houston was.
  • See how the city of Houston prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey.
  • “Recovery has to be tied to resilience.”
  • “People are seeing forecasts that they could have never imagined before.”
  • “Don’t fight the Scenario.”

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Fundamentals of Wildfire, Land Management and Climate Change with Dr. Brandon Collins of UC Berkeley Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Brandon Collins, an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and the lead scientist at Berkeley Forests. As wildfires rage in the Western U.S., why are some areas more prone to out of control fires than others?  Brandon explains the ecology of western forests and some of the management options to mitigate against these extreme events. We also discuss the growing impact of climate on these catastrophic fires and why the land management of a hundred years ago is making it harder for these landscapes to adapt to climate change.

Extreme Heat in the News, Naming Heat Waves, Thermal Equity and more with Dr. Ladd Keith Doug talks extreme heat with Dr. Ladd Keith, Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments at the University of Arizona. Ladd and Doug discuss the media coverage of the recent pacific northwest heat wave; is naming heat waves a bad idea; will extreme heat be included in managed retreat discussions; Miami’s new Chief Heat officer; the challenge of tying mortalities to heat events; thermal equity; air conditioning shaming and much more.

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