Since May 1 of this year, more rain has fallen in Chicago during this stretch than in any year since 1871, according to the National Weather Service. This spring's downpours (and extreme heat) are another reminder of the local impacts of climate change, which will continue to bring more intense and frequent storm events, and the imperative to pursue both mitigation and adaptation efforts.
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Aided by Harvard scientists, a carbon sequestration company has announced that it has developed a technology to capture atmospheric carbon and convert it into climate-neutral fuel. Only time will reveal the ultimate impact of this breakthrough, and carbon capture technology in general: while it could circumvent many of the economic disruptions of transitioning from fossil fuels, it may also lessen the urgency of shifting to a truly carbon-free economy.
A group of youth from South Florida is suing state officials for their inaction on climate change, arguing that sea level rise threatens their future prosperity. Whether or not their effort succeeds, these young people’s engagement and commitment to safeguarding their communities makes me hopeful about the next generation of leaders.
Like an unexpected slap in the face, news from Cape Town, South Africa about its severe water crisis both shocks and stings. In a few short months, the day will come when this major global city will have zero drinking water. But what does “Day Zero” really even mean? The Chicago Council on Global Affairs breaks it down for us this week. Click here to read their explainer.
At the World Economic Forum’s annual convening, the business member releases The Global Risk Report which identifies the most important risks and trends in shaping global development in the next 10 years. For the last 10 years, I have been fascinated to learn of the world’s 1,000 leading companies’ perspective on emerging threats to our global economy. Truthfully, I have been curious to watch the threat of climate change rise on their list—which originally popped up in their top five in 2011. But what does The Global Risk Report even mean?Read More
Last week, you may have seen your Twitter feed explode with excitement around the #ChicagoClimateCharter, or you were in the room when over 50 mayors from across North America and beyond signed on to the Charter. But what does the Chicago Climate Charter even mean?Read More
From the Jaws of Defeat
A common foe unites opposition. The federal government’s dismantling of its previous climate efforts is disturbing. Each new demise reminds me of the line from Joseph Heller’s novel: "Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing.” This dynamic can work both ways.
This hurricane season, warmer seas and weaker wind shear have exacerbated activity in the Atlantic, and, as a result, put a fine point on our collective visualization of vulnerability. But what makes us vulnerable? Why some more than others? What does vulnerability even mean?Read More
The sole bright spot in all of the harrowing devastation seen from Oaxaca to Texas to the Caribbean is the shining demonstration of neighborliness. Stories of neighbors checking in on one another, looking out for the elderly woman down the hall, or the young family down the street. In resilience planning, this is evidence of social cohesion and considered a vital component to preparing for climate change impacts, among other threats. But what does social cohesion even mean?Read More
How do we define success, let alone measure it, when intervening in complex challenges like climate change or poverty? The goals seem to evolve over time as conditions change. An emerging evaluation method, called developmental evaluation (DE), can be applied when the definition of and path to success is unclear. But what does developmental evaluation even mean?Read More