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Forest Service Budget Cuts Will Deprive US Communities of Forestry Science that Improves Climate Resilience

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

“Trees are the answer.” The maxim was on a sticker on my PhD mentor’s office door at Arizona State University (ASU). But what was the question? Turns out, there were a lot of them.

  • How to reduce extreme heat in cities? More trees can provide shading and absorb humidity, contributing to lowering the heat index.
  • How to improve urban air quality? More trees that can breathe in more air pollutants.
  • How to stabilize coastal areas from erosion and reduce flooding from hurricanes? Protect mangrove trees and the ecosystems that sustain them, nurture them to grow strong roots, and they will act as barriers against storm surge and even tsunamis. Read more >
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In a Snapshot, “Sea” the Future Today

Cuong Tran and Diana Lopera, , UCS

They say that a picture can speak a thousand words … but what if the picture could paint a future 10, 50, 100 years from now? And not just a future that’ll impact one person, but rather the future that will impact many. Through the eyes of concerned community members and the power of community science, we find that things may be closer than they appear. Read more >

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Climate Gentrification – Caught Between Steel and Sea Level Rise

Paulette Richards,

As sea levels rise, wealthier homeowners seek to reduce their risks of chronic inundation and dwindling property values by moving to higher ground, often to communities that have been traditionally poorer and Blacker or browner. As community advocate Paulette Richards describes in this guest blog post, the risk of “climate gentrification” rises right along with sea levels. Read more >

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Tuck School of Business graduate student Kevin Yuan asks Sen. Klobuchar a question (credit: Roger Stephenson)

NH Students Press Presidential Candidates on Climate Issues at Town Hall

, director of strategy & policy

Last Wednesday, six presidential candidates came to Concord, New Hampshire to participate in a youth town hall on climate and clean energy issues, hosted by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Stonyfield Organic, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.  (Two candidates–Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren–were unable to make it because of the impeachment vote in the Senate and were represented by surrogates.)

I was honored to moderate the discussions with the first three candidates appearing at the town hall: Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Governor Bill Weld. Henry Herndon of Clean Energy New Hampshire and Tiernan Sittenfeld of the League of Conservation Voters moderated the discussions with the three other candidates as well as the surrogates for Senators Sanders and Warren. Read more >

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The Proof is in the Pudding: Wading into Fossil Fuel Company Reports

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

Every February through May, I sequester myself away to read company reports from major fossil fuel companies. It usually gets off to an exciting start in early February when ExxonMobil and Chevron release their shareholder-mandated climate risk reports – this year though, things started early when ExxonMobil released its climate risk report this week. Then we have the months-long deluge of annual reports, SEC filings, sustainability reports, and finally proxy statements. In all, it’s over 500 pages of corporate accounting, advertising, shareholder reassurance, and spin. Read more >

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