Schools That Never Needed AC Are Now Overheating. Fixes Will Cost Billions.
Via The Washington Post, a report on the growing need for air conditioning as heat waves creep north, baking schools that previously did not need air conditioning: Nearly 40 percent of schools in the [...]
Extreme Heat In 2050: New Report Outlines Worrisome Future
Via the Los Angeles Times, an article on a new report examining the impact of extreme heat on disadvantaged communities by 2050: The next quarter of a century will bring considerable climate danger [...]
New Research Shows How More Trees Could Cut ER Visits During Heatwaves
Via Anthropocene Magazine, a report on a team of heat experts known as Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative who calculated exactly how much of a difference low-tech solutions like trees and white [...]
How Cool Pavement, Heat Risk Data are Helping a Texas City Prep for Summer
Via Smart Cities Dive, a report on how cool pavement, heat risk data are helping a Texas city prep for summer: Dive Brief: To target its heat mitigation efforts, San Antonio plans to use the findings [...]
As Insurers Around the U.S. Bleed Cash From Climate Shocks, Homeowners Lose
Courtesy of The New York Times, a look at the climate change driven insurance crisis: At first glance, Dave Langston’s predicament seems similar to headaches facing homeowners in coastal states [...]
Are Floating Cities the Solution to Rising Seas?
Via The New York Times, a look at whether living on the water our future? Floating developments, including a project in progress in South Korea, suggest that it’s more than a pipe dream. Worldwide, [...]

Black Swans / Green Shoots examines the collision between urbanization and resource scarcity in a world affected by climate change, identifying opportunities to build sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure through the use of revolutionary capital, increased awareness, innovative technologies, and smart design to make a difference in the face of global and local climate perils.

'Black Swans' are highly improbable events that come as a surprise, have major disruptive effects, and that are often rationalized after the fact as if they had been predictable to begin with. In our rapidly warming world, such events are occurring ever more frequently and include wildfires, floods, extreme heat, and drought.

'Green Shoots' is a term used to describe signs of economic recovery or positive data during a downturn. It references a period of growth and recovery, when plants start to show signs of health and life, and, therefore, has been employed as a metaphor for a recovering economy.

It is my hope that Black Swans / Green Shoots will help readers understand both climate-activated risk and opportunity so that you may invest in, advise, or lead organizations in the context of increasing pressures of global urbanization, resource scarcity, and perils relating to climate change. I believe that the tools of business and finance can help individuals, businesses, and global society make informed choices about who and what to protect, and I hope that this blog provides some insight into the policy and private sector tools used to assess investments in resilient reinforcement, response, or recovery.