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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.

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.

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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.

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Episodes

Predicting the Unpredictable: How Insurance Companies Plan for Climate Change with Dr. Kelly Hereid of Liberty Mutual Insurance

11/28/2022
In episode 176 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Kelly Hereid, the Director Of Catastrophe Research and Development at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Kelly takes us through the tool of catastrophe modeling and explains why it could be useful for adaptation planners. We also learn how the insurance industry tries to make the uncertain nature of hurricanes and climate change more predictable: “Climate translators” play a critical role in this process. They also discuss the wild, wild west...

Duration:01:07:25

Generation Adapt: Early Career Adaptation Professionals Speak

11/7/2022
In episode 175 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts early career adaptation professionals. We learn their educational background; what inspired them to get into the adaptation space; what climate impacts and geographic regions they are most interested in making a difference; do they think there are enough adaptation professional advancement opportunities; what adaptation work they want to be doing in 20 years; and what unique skills do they bring to the resilience space. Fantastic...

Duration:01:07:57

Racially just Adaptation + Urban Planning and Climate Inequities + Fate of 100 Resilient Cities and much more with Dr. Linda Shi – RE-RELEASE

10/31/2022
In a re-release, episode 111 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Linda Shi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Doug and Linda talk about coastal development and adaptation economics; what happened to the 100 Resilient Cities Initiatives; urban inequality; racially just adaptation; transformative adaptation and much more! Topics covered: Subscribe to the America Adapts newsletter here. Transcript of this episode available...

Duration:01:02:53

Disaster Insurance is Having a Moment: New Tools for a More Resilient Future with Dr. Carolyn Kousky

10/17/2022
In episode 173, Dr. Carolyn Kousky of the Environmental Defense Funds joins the podcast to discuss her new book, Understanding Disaster Insurance, New Tools for a More Resilient Future. Carolyn and Doug discuss why insurance companies still are not taking climate change seriously enough. Carolyn shares some innovative insurance tools to help people gain access to flood insurance in at risk areas. We also learn some of the fundamentals of climate risk and how insurance can play an increasing...

Duration:00:38:51

The State of Climate Adaptation 2022 with Judge Alice Hill

10/2/2022
In episode 172, Judge Alice Hill from the Council on Foreign Relations returns to the podcast! Alice discusses the recent floods in Pakistan and how the aftermath could be a national security threat. We also discuss Puerto Rico and Hurricane Irma and the challenges of getting on the ground resilience funding on the island. Alice and I discuss how bureaucracies can have difficulty supporting adaptation planning and funding and why a National Adaptation Plan would help with adaptation...

Duration:00:56:59

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

9/19/2022
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...

Duration:01:14:32

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

9/7/2022
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...

Duration:00:57:17

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

8/19/2022
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...

Duration:01:17:11

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

8/8/2022
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...

Duration:00:54:08

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

7/25/2022
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...

Duration:00:46:10

Rocky Mountain Adaptation: Adapting to Climate Change the Colorado Way

7/11/2022
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...

Duration:01:35:15

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

6/20/2022
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...

Duration:00:57:52

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

6/6/2022
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...

Duration:01:33:02

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

5/23/2022
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...

Duration:00:56:42

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

5/9/2022
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...

Duration:00:47:03

“Queer and Present Danger”: The LGBTQ+ Community Adapts to Climate Change

4/25/2022
In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Leo Goldsmith of ICF and Dr. Michael Mendez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Policy at the University of California, Irvine, to discuss their new paper, Queer and Present Danger: Understanding the Disparate Impacts of Disasters on LGBTQ+ Communities. Mike and Leo discuss the unique vulnerabilities of this community in disaster relief; the myth of gay affluence; how faith-based groups have a history of...

Duration:01:04:14

Undocumented Workers, Wildfires and Climate Change with Dr. Michael Mendez

4/11/2022
In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Michael Mendez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Policy at the University of California, Irvine. Michael shares his research on how undocumented immigrants are particularly vulnerable to wildfires and climate change; why FEMA doesn’t provide disaster aid to these workers; what is a “worthy disaster victim” and how adaptation planners can incorporate climate equity into their plans. These topics and much...

Duration:01:04:58

The Federal Reserve Bank and Climate-Related Risks with Dr. Elizabeth Mattiuzzi

3/28/2022
In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Elizabeth Mattiuzzi of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Lizzie’s latest research unpacks the ways low- and moderate-income communities are vulnerable to climate risks. Learn the role of housing insecurity in communities’ climate vulnerabilities. Her research also uncovers awareness levels among organizations dealing with climate risk and what impacts they perceive are affecting their community members. It’s...

Duration:00:56:51

Much Ado about Climate Change: Theater as a Stage for Climate Communication and Inspiration with Playwright Crystal Skillman

3/14/2022
In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Crystal Skillman, an award winning playwright, who has written a new climate themed play, Rain and Zoe Save the World. The show is co-hosted by regular guest, “cli-fi” expert, Dr. Amy Brady. Amy and Doug discuss with Crystal what inspired her to write a climate themed play, why the arts are so important in climate communication and how the theater has driven societal change in the past. It’s an exciting and unusual episode for...

Duration:00:53:26

Legislating a National Climate Adaptation Plan with Senate Bill author Cameron Adams

2/27/2022
In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Cameron Adams, a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, in the office of Senator Chris Coons (Democrat) of Delaware. Cam is the primary author of a new bi-partisan bill that would create a position of Chief Resilience Officer, who would be responsible for developing a National Adaptation Plan. Cam shares the history of the legislation; why Congress should work with the Executive Branch on adaptation issues; its prospects for passage; the...

Duration:00:59:47