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New Trainings Will Lead the Way on Climate Resilience and Equitable Disaster Response

With a $1.5 million grant from FEMA, Columbia Climate School’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness will create and deliver trainings on climate resilience with a focus on equity for state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers.

by |January 30, 2023
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What Climate Resilience Policies Are in Store for State Legislatures in 2023?

States have already filed at least 39 bills related to disaster resilience. Here, a closer look at what they focus on.

by Lucia Bragg |January 11, 2023
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Thalia Balkaran: Working to Protect Children in the Caribbean From Disasters

Balkaran is helping communities in the Caribbean to develop disaster preparedness plans that focus on some of their most vulnerable residents: children.

by |March 8, 2022
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$12 Billion Investment in Puerto Rico’s Energy System Must Not Replicate Existing Harms

Unprecedented federal funding to fix PR’s electric system has the potential to save lives and build resilience by investing in distributed solar power. Yet so far it appears to be business as usual.

by Ruth Santiago |March 7, 2022

How Utilities Can Help Communities Build Economic Resilience to Disasters: Part II

Given the essential role of the power grid, electric utilities are in a unique position to lead disaster mitigation and preparedness.

by Qëndresa Krasniqi, Ryan Burg, Renée Skeete and Jackie Ratner |October 8, 2021
Map showing "Hotspots"--areas of intense activity--of migration in and out of countries of North Africa

New Climate Migration Modelling Puts a Human Face on Climate Impacts

New models project number of migrants within countries of six regions of the world to be up to 216 million by 2050.

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Conference Will Discuss Retreat From Rising Seas and Other Climate Hazards

From June 22 to 25, the Managed Retreat conference will examine the thorny questions around relocating homes and communities away from growing threats.

by |June 3, 2021

Tidal Communities Make Their Case for Shaping Resilient Coastal Futures

A recent conversation focused on three coastlines where Indigenous and Black communities are caught between rising seas and societal and development threats on land.

by |March 29, 2021
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Reducing Risk and Avoiding Disaster – Creating Grid 2.0

Experts discussed the challenges and opportunities of upgrading the electric grid during a recent webinar.

by |March 12, 2021
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How to Build a More Resilient Energy Grid for the Future: Part 1

Microgrids can reduce vulnerabilities to climate change and related disasters, keeping the lights on when other parts of the grid experience power disruptions.

by Daniel Kushner, Jackie Ratner, and Jeff Schlegelmilch |March 10, 2021