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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 Vicky;
    Recently Nigeria's coastal states has been experiencing fatal floodings.
    With your experience and expertise; what do you think should be the focus of research institutions in Africa as it pertains to climate change?
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      Oct 5 2012: Thank you for reaching out. There's a great deal of work that can be done to develop crops that will survive in new conditions, anticipating the problems of more water stress, for example - my friends Kris Ebi and Joel Smith are doing some of this work in Mali.
      The slide I showed of Bangladesh regards a flood warning system that could give advance notice to move people, animals, and equipment out of harms' way when flooding is anticipated. This was developed in part by our National Center on Atmospheric Research here in the US, but given satellites and other technologies, these techniques can be exported to help in Africa and elsewhere.
      For coastal areas, hard questions are being raised about what areas to protect (with levees) or change (e.g.,bstilts) or relocate - and when we plan, we need to think about protecting the critical ecosystems (wetlands, mangroves, and beaches) along our coasts as well. If we just put up walls we will lose many vital ecosystems that we depend on for fishing,etc. Thanks!

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