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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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    • 4.6 • 139 Ratings

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 Inflation Reduction Act Does Adapt to Climate Change w. Dr. Jesse Keenan – Bonus: U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Shares What’s Next

    The Inflation Reduction Act Does Adapt to Climate Change w. Dr. Jesse Keenan – Bonus: U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Shares What’s Next

    In episode 171, Dr. Jesse Keenan of Tulane University returns to discuss the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act and how adaptation and resilience are built into the legislation. We discuss the misleading adaptation coverage in the media and why the Act represents a significant investment in climate resilience. Jesse takes a deep dive and explains how adaptation is built into tax policies, clean energy credits, community investment and much more in the legislation. Joining the podcast in a bonus interview is Samantha Medlock, the Senior Counsel for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis where she explains what’s next for adaptation legislation in the U.S. Congress.
    Topics covered:
    Misleading coverage of adaptation in the Inflation Reduction Act. How the Act integrates with other adaptation legislation, e.g., the Infrastructure Bill of 2021. Gaps in Adaptation funding and legislation Is a National Adaptation Plan even more critical now? Bonus interview: House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis discusses potential next steps for adaptation legislation Topics Covered from the Act that relate to adaptation. Tax Policies Tax Credits:  Direct Pay v.  Conventional Transfer Market Clean Energy Tax Credits Clean Fuels Tax Credits Clean Vehicle & Refueling Tax Credits Carbon Management Tax Credits Residential Energy Efficiency Community Investment and Energy Justice Investing in Faster Permitting Clean Energy Financing Subscribe to the America Adapts newsletter here.
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    Links in episode:
    The Inflation Reduction Act
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/08/15/by-the-numbers-the-inflation-reduction-act/
    Jesse Keenan
    https://www.keenanclimate.com/
    House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
    https://climatecrisis.house.gov/

    Links Shared by Samantha Medlock of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
    Clean Energy For All
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/cleanenergy/
    Rewiring America
    https://www.rewiringamerica.org/
    Build.gov
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/build/?utm_source=build.gov
    Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation
    https://resilience.climate.gov/
     
    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 Environmenta

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    You Can’t Save Every Lighthouse: Building Consensus through Local Climate Adaptation Planning

    You Can’t Save Every Lighthouse: Building Consensus through Local Climate Adaptation Planning

    In episode 170, Lisa Craig of The Craig Group joins the podcast to discuss how her company supports local governments, community groups, cultural organizations, and state, national and tribal partners in adapting to climate change.  We also discuss the challenges of adapting cultural resources in a changing climate. Doug and Lisa discuss the implications of suing a local government to adapt to climate change.  Lisa shares stories of working with communities and describes in detail how they get very different stakeholders to collaborate on adaptation planning. In a segment, ‘adapt or abandon’, Lisa gives her professional opinion on what historic resources should be preserved and which ones we might have to abandon. It’s a provocative conversation but ultimately one many of us will have to have. Lisa also shares her unique professional journey into the adaptation sector. We also get a sneak peak of some work America Adapts will be doing with Lisa’s team in Trinidad and Tobago in 2023.
     
    Topics covered:
    Hazard mitigation and its role in historic preservation. Historic preservation planning drives local adaptation planning. The art of getting diverse stakeholders to collaborate on adaptation planning. Lisa’s history of adaptation planning throughout the United States. What is Keeping History Above Water? Can you sue someone or a government entity to adapt because a historic resource is at risk from climate change? We do a new segment, “adapt or abandon” and Lisa gives her professional advice on some historic sites and if we should save them or abandon them. Preview of our upcoming collaboration, Resilient Heritage: Trinidad & Tobago Conference How one pivots professionally into the adaptation sector. Subscribe to the America Adapts newsletter here.
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    Links in episode:
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    Previous America Adapts highlighted in this episode:
    Talking Climate Adaptation with The Walton Family Foundation’s Environment Program with Dr. Moira McDonald
    In episode 113 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Moira McDonald of The Walton Family Foundation. Moira shares the focus of the foundation, with an emphasis on Louisiana coastal planning, wetland restoration and the role of the Mississippi River in adaptation. We also discuss strategic planning at a foundation; integrating adaptation into conservation planning and the challenges of risk taking for a foundation. Moira also discusses the role of the foundation in local community planning and much more!

    Fundamentals of National Security and Climate Change with Commander Andrea Cameron of the U.S. Naval War College. Ep. 126.
    In episode 126 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Commander Andrea Cameron of the U.S. Naval War College. In this episode, we discuss how the US military is approaching climate change; teaching this topic to military officers; learn what military branch is ahead on climate planning; how other countries like China and Russia are aggressively ramping up their adaptation efforts; the process of prioritizing a national threat a

    • 57 min
    2022 Mid-Year Adaptation in Review with Shaun Martin of World Wildlife Fund and Monika Serrano of Turner Construction

    2022 Mid-Year Adaptation in Review with Shaun Martin of World Wildlife Fund and Monika Serrano of Turner Construction

    In episode 169, we’re doing a mid year adaptation review extravaganza! Doug is joined by Shaun Martin of World Wildlife Fund and Monika Serrano, of Turner Construction. The three discuss the top climate stories of the past year; their favorite America Adapts episodes; future recommendations for the podcast; how to stay connected to the adaptation universe; their favorite resilience and adaptation resources; where will adaptation be in ten years and much more! It’s a fun and informative discussion with two leading adaptation pros!  Also, Dr. Jeff Colgan of Brown University joins the pod for a quick discussion on a new resource at Brown’s Climate Solutions Lab that allows you to search climate course syllabi, or upload your own for others to access.
    Topics covered:
    Top climate stories of 2022 Favorite America Adapts podcast episodes of the past year (and why) Recommended adaptation resources. Topics for future America Adapts’ episodes. Should universities offer adaptation degrees? How to use social media more effectively. Where will the adaptation sector be in ten years? Donate to America Adapts
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    Links in episode:
    Monika Serrano, Turner Construction
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/monika-serrano-aa6b421/
    Shaun Martin, WWF
    https://www.worldwildlife.org/experts/shaun-martin
    Climate Solutions Lab Syllabus Bank
    https://watson.brown.edu/climatesolutionslab/syllabus-bank
    Citizens Climate Radio Podcast
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/citizens-climate-radio/id1339453942

    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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    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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    https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-kuhn-686162133/
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    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.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
    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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    • 54 min
    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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    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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    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

ArlieLP ,

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!

J. Barshop ,

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.

L0ughlin ,

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.

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