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Home Is Where the Flood Is

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.

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Daryl Fairweather is the chief economist at Redfin. View bio.
Philip Mulder is a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. View bio.
Matt Kahn is Provost Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California and the author of Adapting to Climate Change (Yale University Press 2021). View bio.
Sean Hecht is the co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice, and co-director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at UCLA School of Law, as well as a CPR Member Scholar. View bio.

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