Conectando los Puntos: Sinergias Entre la Adaptacion y la Mitigacion

Desde 2006, CCAP ha instado a las comunidades, empresas y legisladores a hacerse la pregunta del cambio climático respecto de cómo las decisiones de infraestructura, desarrollo de suelos, políticas e inversión afectan a las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI), así como a la vulnerabilidad o resiliencia al cambio climático. Ahora le invitamos a... continue reading »

Connecting the Dots: Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies

Since 2006, CCAP has encouraged communities, companies and policymakers to Ask the Climate Question – How will infrastructure, land development, policy and investment decisions affect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and vulnerability or resilience to climate change impacts? We now challenge you to Connect the Dots between climate mitigation and climate adaptation, and implement policies and... continue reading »

A Plan for the New Normal: The President’s Climate Action Plan Calls for Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change

On a hot and muggy, 90-degree day on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan to the nation Tuesday. In addition to cutting carbon, CCAP applauds President Obama for placing climate resilience at the center of his three-part plan. Under the scorching sun, the president summarized recent weather events: continue reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What Does Climate Resilience Look Like?

As the annual costs of severe weather events in the U.S. grow into the billions of dollars, companies and communities are examining how best to plan ahead to protect their assets and bolster their bottom line. Typical plans involve mitigation, adaptation, or both. The figure above, adapted from Penney 2008, demonstrates the overlap between adaptation... continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Weathering Transportation Sector Climate Risks

CCAP and EESI are pleased to announce the release of our report , Climate Adaptation & Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs At a time when transportation agencies are faced with failing infrastructure and major budgetary constraints, the transportation sector is bearing significant losses from recent extreme weather events. With the National Climate Assessment assessing... continue reading »

BP & UK Companies: Preparing for Climate Change Impacts is Good Business

As part of CCAP’s Weathering Climate Risks program, we are examining public, private, and public-private efforts on preparedness for extreme weather and a changing climate. Today’s blog considers recent private sector activity. A 2011 report from Mercer concluded the cost of climate change impacts could exceed $4 trillion by 2030, and contribute up to 10%... continue reading »

Is 20 the new 100?

Extreme weather trends and climate forecasts suggest so Welcome to spring and to the official launch of CCAP’s new blog, Weathering Climate Risks! We will focus on corporate and urban preparedness for extreme weather and climate change, emphasizing risk management, critical infrastructure and the economics of preparedness. On with today’s installment. It’s said that 60... continue reading »

Finding the Millions to save the Billions on Highway 1

Louisiana officials and businesses are having a tough time finding the $371 million needed to elevate 10 miles of Louisiana Highway 1 to protect it from sinking land, rising sea level, heavier rainfall and storm surge, according to a story in today’s Washington Post (“As climate changes, Louisiana seeks to lift a highway”). The segment... continue reading »

Senate Passes Transportation Bill that Helps Prepare Infrastructure for Severe Weather

CCAP applauds the Senate passage of the transportation bill, S. 1813, also known as MAP 21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act). MAP 21, which passed with bi-partisan support (74 – 22), contains important elements to enhance the efficiency of our transportation system that will help bolster the national economy, strengthen communities... continue reading »

Modern Models

In the environmental world, transportation models occasionally get a bad rap. However, if enough time is spent weighing the various factors that are incorporated in these models, the product can be extremely useful. Modern transportation models have a lot to offer in an environmental and economic context, as they depict much more than traffic and... continue reading »

Landing on the Durban Platform: Shifting to Adaptation

Vulnerability to natural disasters due to climate change have created a greater need for policy solutions. Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, discusses how support for adaptation projects in developing countries will be very beneficial in this fourth post in a series of six Q&As. Q:  Were there any other surprising shifts at Durban?... continue reading »

DC Region Growing Wealthier Thanks to Transit

WMATA recently released a summary of a study it commissioned to look at the benefits that transit has brought to the Washington metropolitan region.  I was a member of the (unpaid) steering committee that gave advice on how the study should go about doing this. When the study was getting started, CCAP had just released... continue reading »