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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 and the world as we confront humanity's greatest challenge. Question your assumptions, refresh your perspective, and become part of the climate movement that will determine our planet's future, right here on the America Adapts podcast.

America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast Doug Parsons

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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 and the world as we confront humanity's greatest challenge. Question your assumptions, refresh your perspective, and become part of the climate movement that will determine our planet's future, right here on the America Adapts podcast.

    Corporate America Adapts to Climate Change - with World Wildlife Fund and The Coca-Cola Company

    Corporate America Adapts to Climate Change - with World Wildlife Fund and The Coca-Cola Company

    In episode 168 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts David Kuhn and Ben Jordan. David is the lead for corporate resilience at World Wildlife Fund and Ben is the Senior Director of Packaging and Climate at The Coca-Cola Company.  We discuss why engaging the corporate sector is so important to WWF and why the private sector will be so important for the emerging adaptation sector.  We also discuss sustainability and its longer history with corporate America and how adaptation can complement the work that’s already been done in sustainability.  You’ll also learn about an innovative project the two are working on together that will build climate resilience and protect water quality in Guatemala. This episode will ground you in the current state of affairs with climate adaptation and the business sector.  We cover a lot of ground in this podcast!
    Experts in this episode:
    David Kuhn - Lead for Corporate Resilience at World Wildlife Fund Ben Jordan - Senior Director of Packaging and Climate at The Coca-Cola Company Topics covered:
    Is corporate America engaging with the emerging adaptation sector? Why engaging the corporate is so important to WWF and why the private sector will be so important for the adaptation sector. We’ll discuss sustainability and its longer history with corporate America and how adaptation can complement the work that’s already been done in sustainability Hear about on the ground resilience work in Guatemala. Learn about WWF’s principles for social-ecological resilience. What are the current conditions with climate adaptation with business. This episode was generously sponsored by World Wildlife Fund.
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    Links in episode:
    https://www.worldwildlife.org/publications/rising-to-resilience
    https://www.worldwildlife.org/business/the-coca-cola-company
    https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/working-together-to-build-climate-change-resilience-and-protect-vital-water-in-guatemala
    https://www.worldwildlife.org/experts/david-kuhn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-r-jordan-077b2/
    World Wildlife Fund’s Principles for Social-Ecological Resilience

    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Strategies to Address Climate Change Risk in Low- and Moderate-income Communities - Volume 14, Issue 1
    https://www.frbsf.org/community-development/publications/community-development-investment-review/2019/october/strategies-to-address-climate-change-low-moderate-income-communities/
    Podcasts in the Classroom – Discussion guides now available for the latest episode of America Adapts. These guides can be used by educators at all levels. Check them out here!

    The 10 Best Sustainability Podcasts for Environmental Business Leaders
    https://us.anteagroup.com/news-events/blog/10-best-sustainability-podcasts-environmental-business-leaders
    The best climate change podcasts on The Climate Advisor
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    7 podcasts to learn more about climate change and how to fight it
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    Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance Adapts to Climate Change with Associate Administrator Francisco Sanchez Jr.

    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.” Donate to America Adapts
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    Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
    If you are interested in having Doug speak at corporate and conference events, sharing his unique, expert perspective on adaptation in an entertaining and informative way, more information can be found here!
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    Links in episode:
    https://www.sba.gov/person/francisco-sanchez-jr
    https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-locations/headquarters-offices/office-disaster-assistance
    https://www.americaadapts.org/episodes/2022/7/22/small-business-administrations-office-of-disaster-assistance-adapts-to-climate-change-with-associate-administrator-francisco-sanchez-jr

    Previous America Adapts highlighted in this episode:
    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.


    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Strategies to Address Climate Change Risk in Low- and Moderate-income Communities - Volume 14, Issue 1
    https://www.frbsf.org/community-development/publications/community-development-investment-review/2019/october/strategies-to-add

    • 46 min
    Rocky Mountain Adaptation: Adapting to Climate Change the Colorado Way

    Rocky Mountain Adaptation: Adapting to Climate Change the Colorado Way

    In episode 166 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts adaptation experts from Colorado. We learn how extreme storm events have been a major driver in adaptation planning in the state. Discover the most pressing climate impacts facing Colorado. We hear from the state climatologist about Colorado’s unique climate and what challenges it brings to adaptation planners. We also hear about on the ground examples of resilience planning from city and local governments.  Colorado is learning quickly how to upscale their post-disaster recovery efforts.  The epic 2013 floods were a catalyst for many of the resilience actions we see today in Colorado. Learn how that happened and how responding to these events has spurred adaptation innovation at the state level. Colorado has created a useful template on how other states can begin to comprehensively adapt to climate change.
    Colorado Experts in this episode:
    Anne Miller - Colorado Resiliency Office Director in the Colorado Office of Local Affairs Russ Schumacher - Colorado State Climatologist Maya Machamer – Co-founder and Director of the Boulder Watershed Collective Jim Webster - Wildfire Partners Program Coordinator for Boulder County Lori Hodges - Director Office of Emergency Management for Larimer County, Colorado Jessica Olson - Executive Director of the Left Hand Watershed Center Topics covered:
    Colorado Resiliency office can help with technical assistance and help with workshops if local communities request it. What was the Resilience Collaborative and what role did it play in establishing the Colorado Resiliency Office? What is the Wildlife Partners Program and how it empowers homeowners to make their homes more resilient to wildfires. Colorado is learning quickly how to upscale their post-disaster recovery efforts. How extreme events can be a catalyst for innovative adaptation planning. How Colorado institutionalized resilience into a statewide office. Learn how Boulder is being proactive with adaptation planning and how they get their local citizens involved. What is a “Wildfire ready watershed”? Learn from the state climatologist about Colorado’s unique climate and how they help local governments with critical climate data. We learn what ‘restoring the landscape to a future condition’ means. This episode was generously sponsored by the Genesee Mountain Foundation.
    Transcript of this episode available here. (Transcribed by computer so there are some errors).

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    https://www.facebook.com/boulderwatershedcollective
    @LarimerCounty
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    Links in episode:
    https://cdola.colorado.gov/colorado-resiliency-office
    https://watershed.center/
    https://www.boulderwatershedcollective.com/
    https://wildfirepartners.org/mitigation-specialists/
    https://www.larimer.gov/emergency
    https://climate.colostate.edu/ccc_info.html
    https://geneseefoundation.org/

    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Strategies to Address Climate Change Risk in Low- and Moderate-income Communities - Volume 14, Issue 1
    https://www.frbsf.org/community-development/publications/community-development-investment-review/2019/october/strategies-to-address-c

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Making Sense of the IPCC Report and how the Media Succeeds (and fails) in Explaining It: Guest Dr. Katharine Mach

    Making Sense of the IPCC Report and how the Media Succeeds (and fails) in Explaining It: Guest Dr. Katharine Mach

    In episode 165 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Katharine Mach. Katharine is a Professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and is a lead author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. Katharine explains the process of drafting the report; how the media succeeds and fails at communicating the urgency of the report; Doug and Katharine also discuss a need to rethink the role and purpose of the IPCC report to help elevate the urgency of the message it’s sending. Katharine also explains a paper on “the concept of risk” she co-authored for the IPCC. In addition, we hear how the University of Miami is bringing adaptation and resilience into its curriculum.
    Topics covered:
    IPCC is a grand partnership between the governments of the world. How did the media do in reporting on the IPCC report? The IPCC has zero regulatory authority over sovereign nations. What does it mean to be a lead author for the IPCC. Many developing countries don’t have the climate data and experts that developed countries have. How can the IPCC be relevant to adaptation planners in the U.S. Who is the audience for the IPCC report and how do you communicate to different audiences. How can American policymakers make use of the IPCC report. Adaptation education at the University of Miami. Transcripts of this episode here.
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    https://twitter.com/katharine_mach
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/katharine-mach-a306ab19/

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    Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
    If you are interested in having Doug speak at corporate and conference events, sharing his unique, expert perspective on adaptation in an entertaining and informative way, more information can be found here!
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    Donate to America Adapts, we are now a tax deductible charitable organization!


    Links in episode:
    https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg2/
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01170-y
    https://people.miami.edu/profile/kmach@rsmas.miami.edu
    https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg2/downloads/report/IPCC_AR6_WGII_SummaryForPolicymakers.pdf
    https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2021/01/The-concept-of-risk-in-the-IPCC-Sixth-Assessment-Report.pdf
    https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:da39e9af-530e-4645-8b71-a254562b9a2a

    Previous America Adapts highlighted in this episode:

    The Evolving Nature of Climate Fiction with Dr. Amy Brady
    In episode 123 of, I hosted returning guest - climate fiction expert - Dr. Amy Brady!  This was Amy’s third time on the podcast and we catch up on topics like:  climate writers reaching out to scientists; can cli-fi influence people’s behavior to take action on climate change; how the tv and movie industry are taking note of climate fiction;  and the prevalence of climate justice in cli-fi.
    Impacts of Rising Heat on Labor Markets and Public Education with Dr. Jisung Park of UCLA
    And In episode 108 of, I hosted Dr. Jisung Park, assistant professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA.  We talked about  Jisung’s research, showing how increased temperatures can negatively impact student academic performance. Also, rising temperatures can lower worker productively, seriously impacting the labor market. We also discussed the positives and negatives of adaptation solutions (air conditioning) to these emerging problems. Jisung also shared how UCLA is training the next generation of adaptation professionals.

    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Strategies to Address Climate Change Risk in Low- and Moderate-income Communities - Volume 14, Issue 1
    https://www.frbsf.org/community-devel

    • 57 min
    Adapting to Chronic Flooding: Survivors' Stories and Actions they Take!

    Adapting to Chronic Flooding: Survivors' Stories and Actions they Take!

    In the latest episode of America Adapts, we are talking with citizen activists impacted by repeated flooding and what actions they are taking in response.  The podcast is joined by representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Anthropocene Alliance. We also talk to four citizen activists who have experienced flooding first hand and the steps they are taking to make their communities more resilient to future extreme events.  We share stories of citizen adapters and the advice they give others that are dealing with extreme events in their communities. We also hear some national level policy recommendations on how to help communities adapt to flooding conditions that will worsen as the climate warms. Get on the ground with flood survivors!
    Topics covered:
    Learn what it’s like to live with repeated flooding. How the Anthropocene Alliance helps citizens take action in response to flooding (and how you can benefit too). What role FEMA plays in flood response. What federal policy reforms are needed for NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) The challenges of moving from home sites that are repeatedly flooded. How flood policies can exacerbate environmental justice problems. Guests in this Episode:

    Harriet Festing – Anthropocene Alliance, Executive Director and Co-Founder Amber Bismack - Residents Working Against Huron River Flooding, Director Jackie Jones – Resident Reidsville, Georgia Terri Straka – Resident, Rosewood Strong, South Carolina Gloria Horning – Resident Pensacola, Florida. Higher Ground. Rob Moore - Director, Water & Climate Team, Natural Resources Defense Council This episode was generously sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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    https://twitter.com/NRDCAdapts_Rob
    https://twitter.com/tjw_tj
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    Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
    If you are interested in having Doug speak at corporate and conference events, sharing his unique, expert perspective on adaptation in an entertaining and informative way, more information can be found here!
    Now on Spotify!

    List of Previous Guests on America Adapts
    Follow/listen to podcast on Apple Podcasts.
    Donate to America Adapts, we are now a tax deductible charitable organization!


    Links in episode:
    https://anthropocenealliance.org/
    https://www.nrdc.org/
    https://residentsworkingagainsthuronriverflooding.org/
    https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore
    https://anthropocenealliance.org/reidsville-georgia-community-floods/
    https://anthropocenealliance.org/rosewood-strong/
    https://anthropocenealliance.org/higher-ground-pensacola/

    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Strategies to Address Climate Change Risk in Low- and Moderate-income Communities - Volume 14, Issue 1
    https://www.frbsf.org/community-development/publications/community-development-investment-review/2019/october/strategies-to-address-climate-change-low-moderate-income-communities/

    Podcasts in the Classroom – Discussion guides now available for the latest episode of America Adapts. These guides can be used by educators at all levels. Check them out here!

    The 10 Best Sustainability Podcasts for Environmental Business Leaders
    https://us.anteagroup.com/news-events/blog/10-best-sustainability-podcasts-environmental-business-leaders
    The best climate change podcasts on The Climate Advisor
    http://theclimateadvisor.com/the-best-climate-change-podcasts/
    7 podcasts to learn more about climate change and how to fight it
    https://kinder.world/articles/you/7-podcasts-to-learn-more-about-climate-change-and-how-to-fight-it-19813

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    A Clear and Present Danger: Elevating the Urgency of Climate Change through National Security with Erin Sikorsky

    A Clear and Present Danger: Elevating the Urgency of Climate Change through National Security with Erin Sikorsky

    In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Erin Sikorsky, the director of The Center for Climate and Security. Erin and Doug discuss: how to elevate the urgency of climate change through national security; why climate change is considered a top threat to the U.S.; how it’s impacting the core duties of the U.S. military; where are global ‘hot spots’; how climate change could lead to further political polarization in the U.S.; the value of a National Adaptation Plan and more!
    Topics covered:
    Why we need to elevate the urgency of climate change. Climate change is rated at the top of the list of threats to the United States.  Climate change is a ‘shaping risk’ that influences many other national security topics. How does climate change affect the core duties of the US military. Climate change doesn’t fit neatly into how the intelligence community has normally organized itself. Where are global climate ‘hot spots’ regarding national security. Younger national security professionals more likely to see the risk of climate change. Climate change could lead to more political polarization within the United States.  Should the National Climate Assessment be treated with the same gravity as the National Threat Assessment.  A National Adaptation Plan could benefit our national security. Sign up for a free two-week trial of Wondrium. Stream video lectures, documentaries & more! Make sure you use the America Adapts link when you register here:
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    https://twitter.com/CntrClimSec
    https://twitter.com/ErinSikorsky
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-sikorsky-a12b9b8/
    Donate to America Adapts
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    Doug Parsons and Speaking Opportunities:
    If you are interested in having Doug speak at corporate and conference events, sharing his unique, expert perspective on adaptation in an entertaining and informative way, more information can be found here!
    Now on Spotify!

    List of Previous Guests on America Adapts
    Follow/listen to podcast on Apple Podcasts.
    Donate to America Adapts, we are now a tax deductible charitable organization!


    Links in episode:
    https://climateandsecurity.org/erin-sikorsky/
    https://climateandsecurity.org/
    https://climateandsecurity.org/climatesecurityplanforamerica/
    https://www.lawfareblog.com/climate-security-next-steps-us-government
     
    Previous America Adapts highlighted in this episode:
    The Evolving Nature of Climate Fiction with Dr. Amy Brady
    In episode 123 of, I hosted returning guest - climate fiction expert - Dr. Amy Brady!  This was Amy’s third time on the podcast and we catch up on topics like:  climate writers reaching out to scientists; can cli-fi influence people’s behavior to take action on climate change; how the tv and movie industry are taking note of climate fiction;  and the prevalence of climate justice in cli-fi.
    Impacts of Rising Heat on Labor Markets and Public Education with Dr. Jisung Park of UCLA
    And In episode 108 of, I hosted Dr. Jisung Park, assistant professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA.  We talked about  Jisung’s research, showing how increased temperatures can negatively impact student academic performance. Also, rising temperatures can lower worker productively, seriously impacting the labor market. We also discussed the positives and negatives of adaptation solutions (air conditioning) to these emerging problems. Jisung also shared how UCLA is training the next generation of adaptation professionals.

    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    Strategies to Address Climate Change Risk in Low- and Moderate-income Communities - Volume 14, Issue 1
    https://www.frbsf.org/community-development/publications/community-develop

    • 56 min

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