Posts by Dr. Kelly Klima

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CCAP Supports the STRONG Act to Strengthen Resiliency against Extreme Weather

As the eastern United States continues to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Congress is working on a bill that would provide critical technical assistance to prepare for and respond to extreme weather events. Today, Senators John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Frank R. Lautenberg introduced the STRONG Act, which builds upon existing efforts... continue reading »

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Extreme Weather Trends, Climate Science, and Public Opinion

The social, physical and economic devastation of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for many weeks and months to come. Sandy brought record precipitation and storm surge to the U.S. East Coast; more than 8 million households lost power and over 100 fatalities were reported. The latest estimates of economic losses range from $30 to $50 billion (Eqecat, IHS Global Insight). continue reading »

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Urban Trees, Green Streets, Urban Land Use, courtesy of EPA Office of Sustainable Communities

Urban trees Trees and other urban vegetation help reduce the urban heat island effect by providing shade, and also help clean the air, sequester carbon dioxide, beautify the neighborhood, and raise property values. Several programs exist to increase urban vegetation, such as Million Trees NYC, Million Trees LA, the EPA’s compendium of strategies to reduce... continue reading »

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Green Walls, Living Walls, Green Roofs, courtesy of EPA Office of Sustainable Communities, PNC

Green infrastructure is becoming a hot topic. This week is the 2012 GreenGov Symposium, September 20 was the White House Conference on Green Infrastructure, and August saw the first annual Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science & Technology Symposium, Redefining Green Roof Science. Colleges and universities looking at green infrastructure include Harvard, Carnegie Mellon University, Villanova, Swarthmore... continue reading »

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Recycling wastewater and food waste, courtesy of King County, Washington, MEDA, and GAIN

Humans generate vast quantities of wastewater through inefficiencies and poor management of water systems, according to a recent study published in Science. As droughts become more prominent due to climate change, ways to improve our recycling of wastewater and food waste become more important. Some of the world’s biggest corporations such as Pepsi, Nestle, and... continue reading »

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Cooler Roofs, Pavements and Cars, courtesy of Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Cool roofs, cool pavements, cool cars, and other cool products provide many great ways to beat the heat. Lawrence Berkley National Lab’s Heat Island Group, CCAP’s The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation, the EPA’s compendium of strategies to reduce the urban heat island effect, EPA’s Science Corner, and Georgetown Climate Center’s Adapting... continue reading »

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Large Scale Infrastructure to Protect against Flooding and Sea Level Rise, images from UK Environment Agency

On Tuesday, August 28 Hurricane Isaac sparked fears of a repeat of Hurricane Katrina by making landfall as a Category 1 near the Mississippi River. While the barriers in New Orleans held, a levee in southeast Louisiana was overtopped, causing devastating flooding in Plaquemines Parish. We wish all of the victims a speedy recovery. Without... continue reading »

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Wind Preparedness, Floods and Storm Surge, courtesy of Steve Weinstein at Renaissance Reinsurance

On Friday, we commemorated the 20 year anniversary of Hurricane Andrew devastating Florida. The United States continues to suffer billions of dollars of hurricane damages annually, and the intensity of the strongest hurricanes is expected to shift upward with global warming. Hurricane resilience can greatly lengthen a home’s lifetime, reducing the energy and consequent greenhouse... continue reading »

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Coastal Restoration, courtesy of New Zealand and New Jersey

Coastal Restoration Nationwide, more than one-third of the U.S. population currently lives in the coastal zone; and 14 of the 20 largest U.S. urban centers are located along the coast.  Replanting and nourishing natural ecosystems such as salt marshes can have value for coastal hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation. Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan... continue reading »

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Retrofits to Reduce Subway Flooding, courtesy of MTA New York

Every day without rain, the MTA pumps 8 million gallons of groundwater out of their NYC subway system. According to NYC officials, for every 1” of rain, over 1 billion gallons of stormwater are generated. Thus flooding poses a huge risk to the city’s infrastructure. Raising subway vents and entrances reduces the probability of catastrophic... continue reading »

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Urban Heat and Climate Resilience: Beat the Heat!

As climate change is predicted to continue increasing global temperatures, the number of days of extreme heat and related weather phenomenon will likely increase. For instance, from June 28 through July 8 the east coast of the United States suffered the hottest heat wave on record, and these record high temperatures helped fuel the now... continue reading »

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Electric Utilities and Climate Resilience in the Toronto Region

How long can customers live with a power outage? Do recent severe weather trends represent the “new normal?” How will increased sea level rise and storm surge due to climate change affect power plant management and site selection? How will utilities manage the dual challenges of increasing demand for air conditioning and diminishing water availability... continue reading »

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