For climate change, this is time of urgency, big ideas, and hope. 2015 will be a year of decisions – particularly at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris.
Past, Present, and Future: Urgency of Dealing with Climate ChangeLast Updated on 2015-01-12 08:36:02This paper gives an historic perspective on 10 critical phases and actions in advancing an understanding
of climate change and taking appropriate domestic and international action. Credit goes
to atmospheric scientists for their committed efforts to understand, model and measure the impacts
of climate change. Today, greenhouse gases are at a record level and little doubt remains
that greenhouse gases (GHG) warm the atmosphere and that human-made climate change is real.
Recognizing the urgency of responding to climate change, the 2013 US Climate Action Plan aims to
cut carbon emissions and prepare to deal effectively with the economic, social, and environmental
impacts of climate change. Many US states, Tribes, and local communities have also begun to take
action to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to the impact of climate change, especially on disadvantaged
communities. While... More »
Resilience: Navigating Toward a Sustainable Future Last Updated on 2014-10-24 16:46:29Twenty-first century pressures such as climate change and global urbanization are intensifying the potential for unexpected disruptions, ranging from natural catastrophes to terrorist attacks. Even minor disruptions may have cascading effects, with severe consequences for both communities and business enterprises. Traditional risk management methods are helpful for routine events, but are inadequate for dealing with rapidly changing threats and opportunities. Instead, managers need to strive for resilience, defined as "the capacity to survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change." This article describes how we can anticipate potential vulnerabilities and deliberately design for resilience by improving the diversity, adaptability, and cohesion of critical urban and industrial systems. Strengthening resilience today is a prerequisite for achieving long-term... More »
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