1st Edition

Living with Climate Change How Communities Are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate

    312 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Auerbach Publications

    312 Pages
    by Auerbach Publications

    The climate has changed and communities across America are living with the consequences: rapid sea level rise, multi-state wildfires, heat waves, and enduring drought. Living with Climate Change: How Communities Are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate details the steps cities are taking now to protect lives and businesses, to reduce their vulnerability, and to adapt and make themselves more resilient.

    The authors included in this book have been directly involved in the successful design and implementation of community-based adaptation and resilience programs. In this book, they apply decades of combined experience in hazard risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and environmental protection to provide timely and practical advice on how to plan for and live with a climate that is changing faster and more erratically than predicted.

    The book also examines obstacles to local, state, and national action on climate change, includes case studies to illustrate smart, effective policies and practices that have already been put in place, and defines how these actions benefit the economy, the environment, and public health. Living with Climate Change provides much-needed guidance for finding and enacting solutions to immediate and future risks of climate change.

    Learning to Survive and Thrive in a Changed Climate
    Kim S. Haddow
    A Stepped-Up Timetable Has Increased the Need for Urgent Action
    "Time Is Not on Our Side"
    Limiting and Living with Climate Change
    Cities Lead the Way
    Adaptation Planning Is Picking Up, but Implementation Lags
    Challenges Cities Face
    How Cities Have Succeeded in Moving from Resilience Planning to Action
    Common Elements and Practices Shared by Resilient Communities

    Community Risk Implications
    Damon P. Coppola
    Effect of Climate Change on Community Risk
    Influence of Climate Change on Community Hazards
    Sea-Level Rise
    Changes in Sea Surface Temperature and pH (Acidity)
    Increased, Decreased, and Unpredictable Precipitation Levels
    Increasing Average Annual Temperatures
    Stronger (Yet Less Frequent) Storms
    Health-Related Issues
    Power Failure

    The Stages of Adaptive Planning
    Planning and Climate Change: Creating Resilience in US Communities
    James Schwab
    Climate Adaptation for Emergency Managers
    Eric Holdeman

    The Role of Local, State, and Federal Governments in Climate Change Adaptation
    Recent Actions that Federal, State, and Local Governments Are Engaged in Relative to the Issues Arising from the Impacts of Climate Change
    Jane A. Bullock
    Federal Government Efforts in Climate Change
    Government Strategies for Natural Hazards Management
    Brian Cowan
    Assessing the Climate Adaptation Resource and Service Landscape
    Missy Stults, John R. Nordgren, Sara Meerow, Melisa Ongun, Rachel Jacobson, and Cory Hamilton

    The Elements of a Successful Adaptation Plan/Obstacles and Constraints
    Climate Adaptation as an Evolutionary Process: A White Paper
    Ronald D. Brunner and John R. Nordgren
    Missed Opportunities: Evaluating What Works
    Ronald D. Brunner

    Case Studies in Long-Term Disaster Risk Reduction
    A Tulsa Story: Learning to Live in Harmony with Nature
    Ann Patton and Crystal Kline
    Hazard Mitigation in Berkeley, California: Partnering for Community Action
    Arrietta Chakos
    Living River: The Napa Valley Flood Management Plan
    David Dickson

    Case Studies in Climate Change Adaptation
    Reducing Vulnerability to Catastrophic Wildfires and Related Flooding in Flagstaff, Arizona
    Megan O’Grady, Karen Carney, and Jason M. Vogel
    Appendix 7A: Members of the Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership
    Appendix 7B: Flagstaff Case Study
    Reducing Vulnerability to Flooding in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Missy Stults and Jason M. Vogel
    Reducing Vulnerability to Coastal Flooding in Norfolk, Virginia
    Alexis St. Juliana and Jason M. Vogel
    The Plan to Rebuild after Hurricane Sandy: A Roadmap for the World
    Kim S. Haddow

    International Case Studies in Climate Change Adaptation
    George D. Haddow
    Livelihoods and Climate Change
    Australia’s Climate Change Adaptation Good Practice Project
    Addressing the Humanitarian Challenges of Climate Change: Regional and National Perspectives—Case Studies
    Drawing Up a National Adaptation Policy: Feedback on Five European Case Studies
    CARE Reports
    Maldives: National Adaptation to Climate Change
    Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

    Conclusions and Recommendations
    George D. Haddow
    Conclusions: What Works
    Recommendations: How to Make It Work in Your Community
    Local Government
    Federal Support for Community-Based Hazard Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation
    State Government Support for Community-Based Hazard Risk Mitigation
    Business Community Support for Community-Based Hazard Risk Mitigation
    Voluntary and Nonprofit Agencies Support for Community-Based Hazard Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation


    Jane A. Bullock, George D. Haddow, Kim S. Haddow, Damon P. Coppola

    "This book begins by recognizing that adaptation to climate change is unavoidable. Since 1992, more than 6,000 major disasters related to climate, weather, and water have occurred globally, and annual occurrences have doubled since 2004.  The authors and 17 other experts review efforts by US communities to deal with hazards like rising sea level, floods, drought and water shortages, fires, earthquakes, and extreme weather events.  The book includes detailed practical and theoretical information on US and a few foreign communities that have successfully adapted to hazards." - CHOICE, F. T. Manheim, George Mason University