New Storm-Resistant Street With ‘Porous Pavement’ In New York
Via the Gothamist, a look at a new storm-resistant street with ‘porous pavement’ in Rockaway, just in time for hurricane season: The city unveiled a new storm-resistant street last week along an [...]
Biden Unveils Climate Resilience Investment Plan
Via Environmental Leader, a report on a new plan to help coastal and Great Lakes communities in the United States become more resilient to extreme weather and climate catastrophes including through [...]
Toronto’s Green Revolution: Harnessing Nature-Based Solutions for a Sustainable Urban Future
Via Medium, a look at how Toronto is using nature-based solutions such as green roofs to build a sustainable urban future: Green roofs offer a multitude of environmental benefits. They serve as [...]
As We Build harder, Hotter Cities: It’s Vital To Protect and Grow Urban Green Spaces
Via The Conversation, an article on the importance of urban green spaces: Recent extreme weather events have provided a foretaste of how supercharged storms might threaten our future. So the release [...]
Air Conditioning Can’t Stop Climate Migration
Via Bloomberg, commentary on how humans are being pushed out of our temperature comfort zone. It’s a good time to be in the air-conditioning business. As my colleagues at Bloomberg News write, an [...]
Hurricane Resilience: Hiding In Plain Sight
Via Fast Company, a look at how leaders can explore and leverage green infrastructure to prepare for storm resilience? Preparation is an essential element of being a successful CEO. Preparation [...]

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.