EP 588 Climate Change Actions That Must be Taken Now!

: In 2021, the United States experienced 20 weather and climate disasters, each costing more than a billion dollars to repair.  As we wait for world leaders to engage their citizens in an honest conversation about how perilous our current course is, we all must take actions to get us through the next thirty years.  Without any question, in this time frame we will continue to see seven major climate-related threats facing the United States: flooding along coastlines, river flooding, flash floods, drought, high heat, wildfires and food shortages.  Our guest makes a compelling case that actionable policies that address all types of climate disasters are urgently needed to protect people’s lives and livelihoods.  In their book, “Managing the Climate Crisis: Designing and Building for Floods, Heat, Drought, and Wildfire”, design and planning experts Matthijs Bouw and our guest, Jonathan Barnett show how communities can use a combination of engineered and nature-based solutions to deal with the constellation of problems caused by trapped greenhouse gases.  While I press for a more concerted international policy response, our guest continues to come back to take steps now in our homes, cities and states before matters get much worse.  And they are already worse than most people want to admit.