The seas are rising, but we can’t seem to care. Gordon talks to John Clague “AKA Dr. Doom” about the latest projections, and he talks to Stephen Sheppard about how showing evocative images might help.

Correction: At one point John Clague mentions how Laos will be impacted by sea level rise, but he only misspoke–Laos will not be impacted by sea level rise. Thanks to listener Erich Miller for catching that.


Jervey, Ben. “The Senate Just Trolled Trump With A Hearing About Climate Change Right Outside The Winter White House.” GOOD Magazine. N.p., 11 Apr. 2017.
Pahl, Sabine et al. “Perceptions of Time in Relation to Climate Change.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 5.3 (2014): 375–388. Wiley Online Library.
Sheppard, Stephen R. J. Visualizing Climate Change : A Guide to Visual Communication of Climate Change and Developing Local Solutions. Florence: Taylor and Francis, 2012. Print.

And check out Stephen Shepard’s, visualizations which demonstrate a number of strategies that municipalities can use to protect themselves. Each of them have their own trade-offs, and you can find more about them here.

We can build really strong dykes..

…or build islands and other obstructions further out from the shoreline…

…or just leave certain areas that aren’t worth saving…

…or raise critical buildings…

…so that when the land floods, the buildings are OK…

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