S6 E1: Home is Where the Flood Is

Jan 11, 08:23 PM

In Season 6 of CPR's Connect the Dots podcast, we’re discussing climate resiliency — that is, our ability to handle the stresses caused by climate disruption and adapt to changing conditions. The crisis may be stark, but there are solutions and pathways to a viable, sustainable future. 

Kicking off the season, host Rob Verchick digs into resiliency, real estate, and how climate change is beginning to impact people's decisions on where to live — or move. 

For years, scientists and environmental activists have warned that many of America’s most beloved cities are going to sink. Climate models predict how sea level rise will destroy places like Miami and New Orleans. Meanwhile, out West, wildfires are ravaging towns along the coast and spewing clouds of smoke inland. 

Our neighborhoods are drowning, burning, and running dry. Few places seem safe from the sting of climate change, especially because weather events don’t discriminate by status or income. All this begs the question: Where should we all be living? Join Rob and his guests as they seek to answer this question and discuss climate resiliency solutions.

Rob is joined by:
  • Daryl Fairweather, chief economist at Redfin 
  • Philip Mulder, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business
  • Matt Kahn, Provost Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California and the author of Adapting to Climate Change
  • Sean Hecht, CPR Member Scholar and Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice at UCLA School of Law