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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


“Planning for Urban Heat Resilience” with Dr. Ladd Keith and Dr. Sara Meerow

In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Ladd Keith and Dr Sara Meerow to discuss their new book, Planning for Urban Heat Resilience.  Sara is an Assistant Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University and Ladd is an Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments at The University of Arizona.  Ladd and Sara discuss: the complexities of urban heat; heat equity; planning tools; case studies of cities doing urban heat resilience effectively and policies for federal approaches to heat management.

Topics covered:

  • Review of new book, Planning for Urban Heat Resilience
  • Understanding the complexities of urban heat.
  • Developing urban heat strategies.
  • What is ‘heat equity’?
  • Planning tools or urban heat resilience.
  • Case studies of cities doing urban heat planning effectively.
  • How this book could be relevant to federal policy makers.
  • Resources and networks for planners focusing on extreme heat.
  • Advancing urban heat resilience.

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Links in episode: Sara Meerow & Ladd Keith. 2021. “Planning for extreme heat: A national survey of U.S. planners.” Journal of the American Planning Association.

Ladd Keith, Sara Meerow, Tess Wagner. 2019. “Planning for extreme heat: A review.” Journal of Extreme Events. 6 (3&4): 2050003

Ladd and Sara’s article in Planning Magazine: Ladd Keith & Sara Meerow. 2021. “Beat Extreme Heat with These 8 Tactics.” Planning Magazine.

Ladd and Sara’s op ed: Ladd Keith & Sara Meerow. 2021. “Opinion: Cities must plan for heat resilience now.” Thompson Reuters Foundation.

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Everything you wanted to know about Managed Retreat (but were afraid to ask) with Dr. AR Siders

In episode 100 (a true milestone!) of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons talks with Dr. AR Siders, an assistant professor at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware.

Adapting Conservation to Climate Change at WWF

In episode 115 of America Adapts, a re-release of episode 80, “Adapting Conservation to Climate Change at WWF”, Doug Parson joins World Wildlife Fund’s Shaun Martin to revisit this episode and to see the progress that has been made from when it was originally released on Dec. 17th, 2018. In the original episode we take a behind the scenes look at how WWF is adapting conservation to the new realities of climate change and helping governments prepare for the future in ways that ensure a place for nature.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Strategies to Address Climate Change Risk in Low- and Moderate-income Communities - Volume 14, Issue 1

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Join the climate change adaptation movement by supporting America Adapts!  Please consider supporting this podcast by donating through America Adapts fiscal sponsor, the Social Good Fund. All donations are now tax deductible!

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