Co-authored by Francis Gassert Sonoma County, California and Caldas, Colombia are very different communities, yet they share a common threat—climate change. Both cities have similar ecological landscapes and agricultural resources. Sonoma’s wine region is vulnerable to changing rainfall patterns and droughts spurred by warming temperatures; Caldas’ coffee fields face devastating floods and landslides. So they joined forced to tackle their shared problem. Through a USAID program, Sonoma and Caldas experts met in each location for a total of two weeks, identified the best climate data available, determined the risks they face and shared resiliency planning best practices, including engaging farmers and accounting for carbon storage in watersheds. Sonoma shared its climate risk data, and Caldas shared its watershed management planning information, enabling both to learn from the other.
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PREP-aring For A Changing Climate By Harnessing The Data Revolution
Traveling cross country from the Everglades in Florida to the Gila River in New Mexico last weekend, I felt like a visitor from the future, sent with a cautionary tale.
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The Florida Everglades: A Cautionary Tale for New Mexico’s Gila River
If you’re like me, even a short summer getaway from the city, like to the mountains or shore, helps to calm your mind and strengthen your heart. Imagine if our cities were more like the natural places we visit–what beneficial impact could this have on our health? This question has special importance as it pertains to lower-income city-dwellers who can’t afford to escape to a quieter place. The rapid growth and redevelopment sweeping U.S. cities has renewed interest in the impact of urban design on public health, including mental well-being. Spurred by important new research, many health experts are calling for greener, more livable cities to foster happier, healthier people. To appreciate the role of city design on health, think about the last time you got sick. Often illness occurs at a stressful time, when work and family pressures cascade to cause a weakening of physical defenses
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Green Cities = Calmer Minds and Stronger Hearts
Does it make sense? Who knows, but it’s floating fun
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