Rising Seas, Subsidence, and Our Crumbling Shores
Via Earth Island, a report on rising seas, subsidence, and our crumbling shores: THIS SPRING, I found myself on a nature run in Junipero Serra Park, in San Bruno, a small town on the peninsula south [...]
Ancient Technology That Is Helping Millions Stay Cool
Via Wired, an article on cheap low-energy evaporative cooling devices are keeping water, food, people, and even whole buildings cool across India. This summer, India has endured possibly its worst [...]
Four-Fifths of Cities Report Significant Climate Hazards
Via Cities Today, a report that four-fifths of cities report significant climate hazards: Flooding and extreme heat are the most widespread impacts of climate change facing cities across all [...]
Painting Roofs White Helps Lower Urban Heat: New Study
Via Terra Daily, an article on a new report indicating that painting roofs white helps lower city heat: White or reflective paint is more effective at cooling cities than covering roofs in solar [...]
The Biochar King of Minneapolis
Courtesy of Heatmap, a report on one of the first municipally owned carbon removal programs: Minneapolis may be the only city in the country with a carbon sequestration program manager on staff. Now, [...]
Despite Struggling To Make Use Of A Boom In Energy Storage, China Calls For More
Via Reuters, a look at China’s focus on energy storage: Rows of what look like thin, white shipping containers are lined up on a barren dirt field in China’s Shandong province. Filled [...]

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.