Opinion/ Chase and Jalbert: This is the moment to make Providence climate-ready
Providence is at a climate crossroads. While the world made collective progress over the last month in meeting our global climate goals, at the end of the day, just like politics, our climate challenges are local. We have a unique city, with buildings, transportation systems and neighborhoods that will bear the brunt of severe weather wrought by climate change — if we do not act locally to make our city more resilient. And act now.
Last week, COP26 brought the world together once again to accelerate a global response. This important meeting of world leaders was followed by Congress and the Biden administration making a $47-billion down-payment on climate resiliency in the infrastructure bill.
New Providence Partnership Pushes for Climate-Ready City
PROVIDENCE — The city’s vulnerabilities to the climate crisis, most notably increased flooding linked to sea-level rise, storm surge, and more frequent and intense rains, are urgent and will increase in the coming decades to unmanageable levels. The status quo or business as usual won’t keep Rhode Island’s capital afloat.
The fledgling organization that came to this conclusion — by pouring through some 100 plans, policies, studies, and reports, and by speaking with a wide array of local experts — recently hired its first two employees. Their charge is to help the people and places that make Providence unique begin adapting immediately to the big changes that are fast approaching.
PRESS RELEASE: RESILIENCE ‘STARTUP’ HIRES VETERAN POLICY PRO
Rhode Islander Michele Jalbert, former Green Chemistry and Commerce Council COO, New England Council executive and a top staffer for former Mass. Congressman Bill Delahunt will build out and scale the Providence Resilience Partnership’s vision
PROVIDENCE — Buff Chace, the chairman and one of the founders of the Providence Resilience Partnership, announced today the organization has hired veteran policy counsel Michele Jalbert to lead the organization through its plans to grow and scale in order to help make Providence a climate-ready community.
Taming the torrent won't be cheap: Climate projects in Providence need federal money
PROVIDENCE — A network of streams and ponds once cut through the East Side of Providence. When rain fell, runoff followed the topography down through a watershed that encompassed the area around what is now Blackstone Boulevard.
Some of the water seeped into the ground, depositing dirt and debris along the way, while the rest kept flowing, going down paths through narrow gullies before emptying into the Seekonk River and continuing on into Narragansett Bay.
REPORT: Providence Must Mobilize Around Infrastructure Prep Now to Protect Against Climate Change Vulnerabilities
PROVIDENCE –– Providence’s vulnerabilities, including the risk from storm surge, sea level rise and extreme rain events, are urgent and will increase in the next decade to unmanageable levels according to a new report from the Providence Resilience Partnership (PRP). The partnership is a collaboration of private business, not-for-profits and institutional sector representatives focused on preparing for the impact of climate change and sea level rise on Providence.
SURGE MENTALITY: Warning sounded about Providence's widespread flood risk
Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr. was 7 years old when Hurricane Carol ravaged Rhode Island, with a storm surge that submerged downtown Providence in 12 feet of water and crippled the city even after the flood receded.
For many property and business owners too young to remember the 1954 hurricane, flooding is more of an abstract threat, not a priority amid the more-immediate demands of life. And the local state and federal agencies have, so far, not told them they need to be worried.
But the floor risk is mounting.
What places in PVD are most at risk from climate change?
PROVIDENCE — It’s no secret that Providence is at risk from climate change.
There are numerous reports detailing the vulnerability of the Port of Providence, the downtown and other low-lying areas to storm surges and tidal flooding. Other studies detail the risks of heat exposure and respiratory illnesses in such neighborhoods as Elmwood and Washington Park as temperatures rise.
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