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In her earnest TED Talk, lawyer and global warming expert Vicki Arroyo surveys the cataclysmic effects of climate change and discusses how various communities are preparing. Although her examples are more specific than far reaching, they trigger critical thinking on the issue of how best to brace for global warming. getAbstract recommends Arroyo’s presentation to environmentalists and anyone interested in blunting the worst effects of climate change.

About the Speaker

Vicki Arroyo is a lawyer and executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center.

 

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Devastating weather events are becoming more frequent. The military calls climate change a “threat multiplier” that will cause unrest and insecurity globally. Communities must take a proactive approach to preparing for three categories of climate-related risk:

  1. “Violent storms and floods” – New Orleans rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina using techniques to mitigate storm surges and flooding. Katrina destroyed sections of the I-10 Twin Span Bridge, so the town made the new bridge 21 feet higher to avoid future flooding. The Make It Right foundation rebuilt homes to be energy-efficient, raised and ...

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