Changing Currents: Thought Leaders in Climate Adaptation

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  3. Pat Mulroy manages water over a vast piece of real estate in the southwestern United States. But — as she will quickly make clear — there isn’t a lot of water there. There never was much water there, in fact. As a result, the cities, farms, and factories spanning the greater Colorado River basin have learned to live with less. The best of them have also learned to be efficient and smart in their growth. But the past twelve years have either been a drought or the start of a new normal, where only a few inches of rain each year became even less. That’s the threat.

    As a result, the region whose water is governed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority that Pat manages has had to look beyond its borders for allies and cooperation. The stability, security, and growth of economic engines such as Las Vegas depend on these alliances. Those are the connections.

    In the first of three videos presented here, Pat discusses the actual and virtual basin where southern Nevada is embedded.

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  4. Pat Mulroy manages water over a vast piece of real estate in the southwestern United States. But — as she will quickly make clear — there isn’t a lot of water there. There never was much water there, in fact. As a result, the cities, farms, and factories spanning the greater Colorado River basin have learned to live with less. The best of them have also learned to be efficient and smart in their growth. But the past twelve years have either been a drought or the start of a new normal, where only a few inches of rain each year became even less. That’s the threat.

    As a result, the region whose water is governed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority that Pat manages has had to look beyond its borders for allies and cooperation. The stability, security, and growth of economic engines such as Las Vegas depend on these alliances. Those are the connections.

    In the third of three videos presented here, Pat discusses how policy, consensus, and economics blend together in the Nevada basin and how the US can implement climate-sustainable freshwater management.

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  5. Dr. Lee Hannah is an ecologist with Conservation International and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He's also one of only a few scientists who has been working for well over a decade on climate adaptation. Working globally and regionally, Lee has been trying to bridge the gap between studying the impacts of climate and helping species, ecosystems, and communities and economies in the developing world adjust to the emerging climate. His work spans the laboratory, the field, and policy. An extended conversation is also available via a podcast on AdaptationAction.org.

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