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

ISBN 9781498725361
Published October 20, 2015 by Auerbach Publications
312 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Jane A. Bullock is a former research scientist and adjunct professor at the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also a principal in Bullock and Haddow LLC, a homeland security and disaster management consulting firm. She worked for 22 years at the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA where she served as Chief of Staff to FEMA director James Lee Witt. She is a co-author of numerous university-level textbooks, including Introduction to Emergency Management and Introduction to Homeland Security.

Damon P. Coppola is an emergency management systems engineer and partner at Bullock and Haddow LLC. He provides technical assistance to governments at the federal, state, and local levels, international organizations, foreign governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. He is the author of Introduction to International Emergency Management, and co-author of several professional and academic texts, including Introduction to Emergency Management, Introduction to Homeland Security, and Communicating Emergency Preparedness: Strategies for Creating a Disaster Resistant Public.

George D. Haddow is a principal in Bullock and Haddow LLC. He currently serves on the adjunct faculty in the Homeland Security Studies program and the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the co-author of several university and professional textbooks, including Introduction to Emergency Management, Fifth Edition, Introduction to Homeland Security, Fourth Edition, and Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World, Second Edition. He is the former deputy chief of staff to James Lee Witt during his tenure as director of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). At FEMA, Mr. Haddow was responsible for policy formulation in the areas of disaster response and recovery, public–private partnerships, public information, environmental protection, and disaster mitigation.

Kim S. Haddow is the president of Haddow Communications, in New Orleans—a company specializing in strategic media planning, messaging, and developing research-driven media content, branding, and advertising materials for nonprofits. Clients have included the Rockefeller Family Fund, Sierra Club, Make It Right Foundation, US State Department, Public Campaign, and the Trust for America’s Health. She also worked at Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Burns (GMMB), a Washington, DC-based media consulting firm, advising political campaigns and nonprofits. She began her career at WWL-AM in New Orleans, where she managed the news department.


"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