DFW Business Leaders to Congress: Act on Climate

Will your business support a revenue-neutral carbon price as a market-based solution to climate change? The North Texas Business Climate Leaders project of Citizens’ Climate Lobby needs to hear from you! Your voice can reinforce our message to Congress that a price on CO2 is the best policy solution right now. We wrote an op-ed to build support in the North Texas private sector for CCL’s proposal; it was published on the USGBC Texas blog and on the GreenSource DFW website. Contact our volunteers to support this work.

Prepare for Climate’s Effects on Transportation Infrastructure

The Dallas Morning News said my op-ed on infrastructure vulnerability to weather extremes wasn’t a “good fit”.  It’s about a study of the vulnerability of North Texas infrastructure to heat and flooding, headed up by a team of researchers at UTA, funded by the federal government as part of a national pilot study.  I wrote the op-ed along with Dr. Yekang Ko of UTA, one of the team members, because I think the study is worth some attention.  Here’s the piece:  Infrastructure Vulnerability to Weather Extremes

Urban Heat Island Conference Report

The Texas Trees Foundation hosted a half day conference about the Urban Heat Island Effect featuring a keynote by Dr. Brian Stone, author of The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places we Live (for a short review of that book see earlier post, How I Got Religion on Trees).  Download my report of the conference: TX Trees Fdn Urban Heat Conf Report.  We also heard from Dr. Robert Haley about the public health impacts of climate change; from David Hitchcock about the Dallas urban heat island study; and from Matt Grubisich about green infrastructure.

How I Got Religion on Trees

Reviewed: The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr. (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Cities are heating up at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health.  Managing urban heat is just as important a response to climate change as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the benefits will be felt much sooner.  Cities should prioritize strategies that reduce both heat and greenhouse gas emissions, and trees are at the top of that priority list.

Those are some of the key messages in The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone, Jr.  Stone is an Associate Professor in the City and Regional Planning Program of the Georgia Institute of Technology and an expert in the urban heat island effect: land-use changes that are producing higher temperatures in cities than in the surrounding countryside.

Read my book review: How I Got Religion on Trees

What Makes a Resilient City?

On April 19, 2013, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture sponsored a conference on the theme, “What makes a resilient city?”  Keynote speakers were complexity scholar Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization, and sociologist Dr. Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.  I wrote the Executive Summary and Full Report of the conference.

Read the Executive Summary:  Resilient City Exec Summary

Read the Full Report:  Resilient City Full Report

Read the comments from the lunch exercise:  Resilient City lunch comments complete list