Climate Safe Housing is a National Issue

Climate Safe Housing is a National Issue

The Climate Safe House project aims to progress new housing models to demonstrate adaptation and innovative ownership options.  This Stuff article by Charlie Mitchell Peninsula problems:a small council faces a rising sea, on all sides, shows that the need for this kind of approach goes well beyond our local community.  Many communities around Aotearoa face climate relatedRead more about Climate Safe Housing is a National Issue[…]

Does Information on the Costs of Adapting to Climate Change Influence Support for Mitigation?

Does Information on the Costs of Adapting to Climate Change Influence Support for Mitigation?

Ignorance might be bliss, but it is affecting citizen’s willingness to support climate mitigation measures.  The following abstract from Environmental Communication (Vol 12 2018, Issue 7) shows that specific information about adaption costs, rather than dire warnings about catastrophic outcomes, is more effective in creating support for mitigation measures like petrol taxes.  This study wasRead more about Does Information on the Costs of Adapting to Climate Change Influence Support for Mitigation?[…]

Inequality of impact a concern

Inequality of impact a concern

Research from the Deep South Science Challenge has confirmed what most expected: climate change will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.  The research, undertaken by University of Otago Associate Professor Lisa Ellis, warns that doing nothing in the face of the predictable impact of sea level rise will exacerbate existing inequalities.  The work adds toRead more about Inequality of impact a concern[…]

Climate-ready infrastructure

Climate-ready infrastructure

The challenges we face planning climate-safe housing, apply also to the infrastructure on which our communities depend.  This article from The Conversation, What is Climate-Ready Infrastructure  introduces some of the issues (and some promising innovations) faced when building infrastructure that is resilient and climate-ready.  The bottom line is that we cannot plan our future infrastructure,Read more about Climate-ready infrastructure[…]

More unseasonal weather adds urgency to adaptation plans

More unseasonal weather adds urgency to adaptation plans

As in many parts of New Zealand, much of the residential area of Waitati is build on alluvial flood plain, built up over time by repeated flooding.  Last week again saw heavy rain and localised flooding in our communities.  With increased intensity of rainfall events and increased frequency, the river channel will change and moreRead more about More unseasonal weather adds urgency to adaptation plans[…]

New Dunedin district plan takes steps towards climate adaptation

New Dunedin district plan takes steps towards climate adaptation

After years of discussion and development Dunedin’s Second Generation District Plan (#2GP) was released today.  The 2GP will impact the shape of our city and our community and it will affect how we do things for years to come.  Early reports, including this one on Radio NZ, suggest that decision makers have understood the need toRead more about New Dunedin district plan takes steps towards climate adaptation[…]

The personal side of climate safe housing

The personal side of climate safe housing

The Climate Safe House project is about adaptation, resilience, and community.  We have all seen the reports of rising sea levels and increased intensity and frequency of adverse events.   This short video on the climate safe house project, produced by local filmmaker Sue Marshall and funded by BRCT, reminds us of the people behind theRead more about The personal side of climate safe housing[…]

Harnessing passion for greater good

Harnessing passion for greater good

Like all communities, Blueskin Bay has a diverse range of opinions and interests. That diversity makes our place rich. We’re wealthy in terms of social engagement and participation in #climateaction. But can we harness that passion to push harder, to make a bigger difference, to take informed action? At the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust we’reRead more about Harnessing passion for greater good[…]

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