Teaching resource: video on repeat flood loss properties

NRDC produced a nice video on repeat flood loss properties, centering on the testimonial of a homeowner in Louisville, KY, that would make a good addition to a lesson on flood loss or the NFIP. It really emphasizes why buyouts are increasingly important in a changing climate. You may also want to use NRDC’s Flood Disclosure Law Map and attendant resources.

New compendium of tools for post-disaster recovery (and vulnerability assessment)

The result of a grant from the Institute of Structural Engineers, Laura Howlett of University College London has written a report detailing currently available tools for post-disaster recovery. It’s titled “Measuring Recovery:¬†signposts to good practice” and can be downloaded from the EEFIT Grants website, here.

Significantly, many of the tools work not only for post-disaster recovery but also pre-disaster vulnerability assessment, making the report useful for a range of academics and professionals working on either prevention or recovery.

Two new climate change educational resources

A coalition of environmental research institutions in Ithaca, NY have produced a resource for high school science teachers teaching climate change. You can download it for free from their website, or order a paper copy for $25, and they are also running a crowd-funding campaign to send a copy to every high school science teacher in the US.

There’s also a new MOOC available via Coursera for the general public who are interested in climate change, want to take action, but don’t feel like they know how to do it. I think it costs something to take the course, but there are scholarships available. The course was developed and is taught by professors from the University of Michigan and elsewhere. I particularly like this idea because it focuses not just on education, but on how individuals and groups can take action to address climate change.