Climate Risk, Part 2: California’s Crisis

This week, we present the second episode in our three-part
interview series on climate risk. You can listen to the
first episode here

As the latest wildfires in California finally get under control,
residents and public officials are in a state of panic. The scope
and frequency of these disasters is expanding quickly. And it’s
not solved by sprinkling more wind and solar on the grid — it’s
a planning issue of the highest magnitude. 

Our guest is thinking through the complexities of the growing
impact of climate change on the geography, economy and the
infrastructure of the world’s fifth-biggest economy.

In part two of our climate risk series, Shayle Kann talks with
Kate Gordon, director of the office of planning and research for
California. She is also senior advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom on
climate. As she explains, is an increasingly complicated role.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • What are the risks the state of California faces due to climate
    change, today and in the future? How are the expanding?
  • How should we think about housing policy and urban planning in
    light of wildfire risk? Should we be rebuilding homes that were
    burned down? How do we deal with rising insurance premiums?
  • How might climate change contribute to water scarcity in the
    state, and what can be done today to mitigate that risk?
  • What other climate risks should be at the forefront of
    Californians’ minds — flooding, temperature, rise, impact on
    agriculture, etc?
  • Are events like wildfires and power shutoffs galvanizing the
    public into taking action around climate resilience? If so, in what
  • Does California look to any other countries as exemplary in
    building climate resilience? Who is doing it right?

Could you do us a favor? Take our listener survey so we can give
you more relevant content:

Support for the Interchange comes from Schneider Electric, the
leader of the digital transformation in energy management and

Support for this podcast comes from PG&E. PG&E is
helping to electrify corporate fleet vehicles. Get in touch with
PG&E’s EV specialists to find
out how you can take your transportation fleet electric

Source: FS – GreenTech Media
Climate Risk, Part 2: California’s Crisis