Paradise, California and the impossible choice between climate fight and flight
On the morning of November 8, 2018, clouds of black smoke rose above the community of Paradise, California, raining burning embers on the ridge that some residents initially mistook as hail.
When Gloria Rodgers and Jim Umenhofer spotted the darkening sky from their home on the western edge of town, they knew it was time to pack their cars with all the belongings they could gather. But when they heard the propane tanks around town begin to explode, they knew it was time to leave the rest and go…
Despite Funding Loss, Cities Vow to Continue Resilience Push
In the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, nine “water plazas” have been created that soak up excess rainfall while offering people a green space to meet and children to play.
The city is also planting gardens and putting solar panels on a growing area of its nearly 20 square kilometers (8 square miles) of flat roofs.
Paris, meanwhile, is redesigning and opening green schoolyards as cooler places for locals to escape extreme heat, while in New Zealand, Wellington is rolling out neighborhood water supplies to keep the taps on when an earthquake hits.
More than 70 cities that are part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network, set up in 2013, have crafted “resilience strategies” that include about 3,500 activities designed to combat shocks and stresses – everything from floods to an influx of refugees.
The United Nations estimates that by 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, which are increasingly impacted by extreme weather and sea level rise, while producing…