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Coastal Cities Are Increasingly Vulnerable, and So Is the Economy that Relies on Them

Coastal Cities Are Increasingly Vulnerable, and So Is the Economy that Relies on Them

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There was a time a decade or two ago when society could have made a choice to write off our massive investment in a fossil fuel-based economy and begin a policy driven shift towards a cleaner renewable infrastructure that could have forestalled the worst effects of climate change. But the challenges of collective action, a lack of political courage, and the power of incumbent pecuniary interests to capture the levers of power meant we did not. The bill is now coming due.

That means that many of our great, low-lying coastal cities are what we call “stranded assets.” GreenBiz founder Joel Makower defines a stranded asset as “a financial term that describes something that has become obsolete or nonperforming well ahead of its useful life, and must be recorded on a company’s balance sheet as a loss of profit.” Makower was talking about Exxon and other companies that built their businesses on the combustion of climate changing fossil fuels, not cities. But the concept easily transfers from businesses built on carbon to cities threatened by carbon’s impact…

 

NASA video shows 10 days of Irma in 30 seconds

NASA has released a video tracking Hurricane Irma’s path over 10 days from the Atlantic.Source: CNN…

 

City takes part in emergency resilience drills

The City of Rockingham has been selected as one of only three local governments in WA to take part in a Red Cross pilot project that will enlist volunteers to educate community members about how to respond to emergency situations.

The sessions will be run in Golden Bay, which was selected for its rural/urban interface and proximity to the coast. This poses a variety of threats, including coastal inundation and bushfire risk.

The 12-month pilot project will aim to increase community resilience and emergency preparedness through sessions aimed at primary and high schools, at-risk community groups, social groups, service clubs, sporting groups, local businesses and social media networks.

The program includes Rediplan sessions, which outline how to get prepared for bushfires, storms, floods and other emergencies.

It also includes the Pillowcase Project, aimed at students in Year 3 and 4, which focuses on educating them about putting together their own personal emergency…

 

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