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Live Chat with TED Speaker Vicki Arroyo: Preparing for our changing climate

TED Speaker and executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, Vicki Arroyo, will be joining us for a special one-hour live Q&A session with the TED community!

Since much of her research didn't make it into the final video, she'll be fielding questions on the science behind her inspiring talk, as well as further discussion about what we can do to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate.

Date: Friday, October 5th
Time: 12pm-1pm Eastern time


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From Vicki Arroyo:

Again, I would like to thank Aja and the TED staff for this opportunity and those who wrote in.
For more information and to see some of the tool kits I mentioned, please visit our adaptation clearinghouse at www.adaptationclearinghouse.org. I hope this conversation helps you elevate this discussion of preparedness in your own communities – wherever you call “home.”

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    Oct 5 2012: Hi Vicki! You had some great examples in your talk of changes that have taken place in New Orleans during its rebuilding to protect it from further damage. In your work so far, have you seen any cases of communities making these kinds of changes on a totally preemptive level?
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      Oct 5 2012: Hi Morton - some states and communities in the U.S. and around the world are planning with these changes in mind. Seventeen US states have adopted or are working on adaptation plans, and a number of cities and counties are looking at their vulnerabilities and incorporating changes into transportation plans, water treatment, coastal planning, and more. Even beyond states and communities calling this work "adaptation" to climate change, there are others changing various practices because they see changes on the ground - for example, engineers who are replacing smaller culverts with much larger ones to carry more water because they are experiencing more high-precipatation events.

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