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.
The Majestic Sky Islands in the Desert Southwest – Tales of Adaptation, Border Walls and the elusive Jaguar
Learn about the unique Sky Island ecosystems along the U.S., Mexico border. Hear about the biodiversity in the region; how the landscape is adapting to climate change and the negative impacts of the border wall on wildlife. Hear from experts on the challenges facing the Sky Islands and the opportunities/challenges of cross-border conservation. Staff from the SIA will share conservation programs and why they think the region is so special. Doug joins SIA staff in a visit to the border wall.
Nantucket Island’s Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge: A Brief Ecological and Cultural History and How it’s Adapting to Climate Change – Episode 1
Doug talks history and the ecology of the Coskata-Coatue Haulover Wildlife Refuge on Nantucket Island with The Trustees of Reservations and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. This is the first of a two part series focusing on climate adaptation in the Refuge. Doug talks with experts, historians, donors and residents of Nantucket Island, hearing what makes this place so ecologically unique and important to the island. We also hear about some early steps to adapt the Refuge 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.
Hello, Miami! Fundamentals of Local Climate Adaptation Reporting with Alex Harris of the Miami Herald
Alex Harris, a climate reporter with the Miami Herald joins the pod. We discuss the importance of local media for adaptation; using the latest science as a reporter; the mega projects Miami is considering to halt flooding and sea level rise; how a nearly decade old Rolling Stone article on climate change still haunts local officials; what happened to the Florida Chief Resilience Officer and why it’s so hard to stop using polluting septic tanks in Miami.
Transformative Climate Adaptation in the United States: Trends and Prospects with Dr. Susanne Moser and Dr. Linda Shi
What is transformative climate adaptation? Dr. Susanne Moser and Dr. Linda Shi discuss a new article they published Transformative Climate Adaptation in the United States: Trends and Prospects. Learn what it is and how it can influence climate equity and justice issues. We discuss democratic governments are the best model for transformative adaptation. Also, in a bonus conversation, Alice Hill returns to discuss how climate change is not properly included in economic risk planning.
2021 Spring Adaptation Book Episode – All Things Sea Level Rise
Doug is highlighting two new adaptation books, Moving to Higher Ground, Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward by sea level rise expert John Englander and a Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation, edited by Dr. Carolyn Kousky at the Wharton School at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. We’ll take a sneak peak in these books that are focusing on coastal adaptation and sea level rise. Learn what inspired the authors to write each book and how each brings new, important ideas in this emerging field of adaptation.
Encouraging and engaging!
It’s so easy to be nihilistic when it comes to discussing climate change - sometimes, it seems like we have insurmountable problems to overcome. But this podcast offers a refreshing and timely look at how we can realistically adapt to our circumstances. Thankful for Doug’s work here!
Valuable and Timely
I appreciate the variety of episodes, the super practical takeaways and sincerity that Doug pours into every guest - I can literally feel his sincerity in everything he says, and can tell the guests he brings on are people he’s genuinely excited to share with his listeners.
There is truly an episode that will benefit everyone.
Great guests, poor presentation
My biggest complaint is that the conversation flows really unnaturally. The guests are fantastic and I love the range the podcast covers, I really just wish it felt more like conversations with professionals instead of interrogations.