Jamesine Rogers Gibson

Western states senior climate analyst

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Jamesine Rogers Gibson is the Western states senior climate analyst for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ms. Rogers Gibson conducts research and policy analysis to inform and build support for robust climate policies in California and the Western states. See Jamesine's full bio.

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Climate-Safe Infrastructure for All: California Working Group Report Provides Comprehensive Recommendations

Nearly two years ago, the Climate-Safe Infrastructure bill (AB 2800, Quirk, 2016) became law and established the Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group (CSIWG) to develop recommendations to the California legislature on how to build and design our infrastructure to be safer for Californians in the face of growing climate extremes. Since then, unprecedented wildfires and mudslides, record-breaking temperatures and precipitation have added an exclamation point to the importance of this group’s work in preparing our infrastructure to keep us safe, as we’ve experienced the risks and what’s at stake. Today, the CSIWG released its report, Paying it Forward: The Path Toward Climate-Safe Infrastructure in California, which recommends an ambitious and attainable path forward.

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CSIWG, Paying It Forward
CSIWG, Paying It Forward
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The wildfires in northern California in 2017 destroyed more than 8,000 structures, exacerbating the existing housing crisis and creating a jobs shortage for low-income workers, especially farm workers, domestic workers, and workers in the tourism industry. Photo: National Guard

Why Climate Change and Equity Matter for Infrastructure: An Interview with Chione Flegal of PolicyLink

I recently sat down with Chione Flegal, Senior Director at PolicyLink, a national institute advancing racial and economic equity, to discuss climate risks to vulnerable communities, and the important role “climate smart” infrastructure can play in achieving healthy, thriving communities in the face of climate change. Read more >

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Wildfires across the West threaten critical infrastructure. Photo: Tim Williams. CC-BY-2.0 (Wikimedia)

Climate change is here. Can California’s infrastructure handle it?

A new white paper released by UCS today – Built to Last: Challenges and Opportunities for Climate-Smart Infrastructure in California –makes the case for investing limited public resources in infrastructure that can withstand climate change impacts and keep Californians safe. Read more >

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View of Oroville Dam's main spillway (center) and emergency spillway (top), February 11, 2017. The large gully to the right of the main spillway was caused by water flowing through its damaged concrete surface, resulting from heavy rainfall. Photo: California Department of Water Resources.

Infrastructure Spending Is Coming. Climate Change Tells Us to Spend Wisely

The news of new federal infrastructure proposals landed in a timely fashion with this year’s Infrastructure Week. For years now, the American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the U.S.’s infrastructure at near failing (D+) .Conversations in Washington, D.C. and across the country over the coming weeks and months are sure to focus on which projects to build. But we first need to ask for which future are we building? radically shaped by climate change? Read more >

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Oregon’s Climate Check-Up Offers Serious Prognosis Without Preventative Action

Each January, I journey to my doctor’s office for my annual physical. She briefly reviews my medical history before conducting an examination, and we end our visit by discussing key risk factors and a plan to manage them. Read more >

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Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
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