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Risks and Choices as Populations Surge in Flood Zones, Rich and Poor

August 6, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Sustain What?  Risks and Choices as Populations Surge in Flood Zones, Rich and Poor

In this special live Sustain What webcast, join host Andy Revkin of the Columbia Climate School and in a brisk solution-focused discussion with top experts of pathways to risk reduction in the world’s hundreds of crowding deluge danger zones.

Humans are profoundly heating the climate and changing storm patterns through a surge in emissions of heat-trapping gases and other pollution. But there’s also been a simultaneous surge of settlement in zones prone to flooding -- producing what some geographers call an “expanding bull’s eye” of exposure to climate-related threats like floods. And of course the poorest and most marginalized populations are always hurt most.


Beth Tellman, Cloud to Street Chief Science Officer and lead author

Jean-Martin Bauer, Senior Digital Advisor for the UN World Food Programme and former WFP Country Director of Republic of the Congo and

Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development

Simon Young, senior director for climate and resilience at the global advisory company Willis Towers Watson (he has been building new types of insurance to respond to floods and other extreme events around the world including Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands)

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Andy Revkin