Climate Change

‘The climate girl’ at Penn

In a Q&A with Xiye Bastida, the second year describes how she’s bringing climate activism to her college experience, how her Indigenous background influences her path, and why storytelling and protecting Earth go hand in hand.

Michele W. Berger

‘Cities in water’

Architect and landscape architect Anuradha Mathur and anthropologist Nikhil Anand are collaborating on questions of design and human practices to create new ways of thinking about low-lying coastal cities in India and around the world.

Kristina García

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In the News

Marketplace (NPR)

Lots of homeowners are dropping flood insurance, study shows

Carolyn Kousky of the Wharton School said the lack of detailed data on dropped flood insurance policies makes it difficult to determine why homeowners made the decision.


The New York Times

Collapse raises new fears about Florida’s shaky insurance market

Carolyn Kousky of the Wharton School weighed in on Florida’s insurance market, where insurers are raising premiums and refusing new and renewed policies in the wake of the Surfside collapse. “Coastal areas all across the Gulf and up along the East Coast could start to see very similar dynamics,” she said.


Marketplace (NPR)

What role does the Fed have in mitigating climate change?

Christina Skinner of the Wharton School spoke about how the U.S. Federal Reserve can address climate change. While the Fed can adjust monetary policy to mitigate loss, it can’t do things like “using its balance sheet to go out into the world and buy green bonds. To try and direct the flow of capital in that direction is not really on the table like it is for some other central banks,” she said.



Off-the-grid homes are coming to your neighborhood, as climate change creates suburban survivalists

Benjamin Keys of the Wharton School said off-the-grid features like solar panels are increasingly popular with homeowners. “It’s not just for extremists. I think you’re going to see more and more people looking for ways in which they can protect themselves as there are increased risk from storms, more utility disruptions, and more need for resiliency,” he said.


The Hill

Stopping price reform won't eliminate flood risk

Carolyn Kousky of the Wharton School wrote an op-ed about helping at-risk households who can’t afford flood insurance by adopting a means-tested disaster insurance program for those in need. “Climate change is escalating flood risk around the country,” she wrote. “Failure to update pricing, though, effectively hides this risk from the market and limits financial incentives for risk reduction.”


The Atlantic

Why celebrities are agog over this tiny climate think tank

Zane Cooper, a doctoral candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication, said all networked computation, including cryptocurrency, is powered by fossil fuels and harmful to the environment. “Bitcoin reveals a fundamental truth about the relationship between computing and energy,” he said.