Resilience Roundup: Earthquakes, Climate Records, and More

The Resilience Roundup helps you catch up on all the most interesting resilience stories you may have missed. Think we left something out? Leave us a comment!

The Third Round of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

Last week, 100 Resilient Cities and Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, announced the opening of the third round of the 100RC Challenge, the process by which cities apply to join the our global network.

With 100 Chief Resilience Officers (CROs) and 100 resilience strategies we will truly have the world’s most powerful body of urban resilience knowledge, forming the foundation of a new global practice,” wrote Max Young and Roya Shariat for the 100RC blog the day after the challenge announcement.

To learn more about the 100RC Challenge visit here.

A Year of Broken Climate Records

The annual State of the Climate report by the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information outlines records broken for heat, sea levels, hot days, (fewer) cool nights, glacial retreat and more. The report’s compelling graphics make a strong case for how the planet is changing – threatening people and cities everywhere.

h/t Bloomberg

Source: Brookings analysis of USGS data

Mapping Earthquake Risk in the United States

The threat of a devastating earthquake in the Pacific Northwest captured the attention of journalists across North America, but according to the U.S. Geological Survey, dozens of the United States’ metropolitan areas are at a high risk for a strong earthquake, many of them far beyond the West Coast.

Cities all over the world face dramatic earthquake risks – recently highlighted by the tragic and deadly earthquake in Nepal.

World’s Most Hostile Water Basins: Every Continent Has One

The G7 and several international partners recently released a report, A New Climate for Peace, which lays out climate risks across the globe, with a notable common denominator: sustainable access to water. South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa top the list of regions facing hostile water basins, according to the new report.

USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Christian Holmes elaborated, “How you manage your water programs…has a huge amount to do with how you mitigate the prospect for increased fragility.

Note: As noted by USGS, colors on this map show the levels of horizontal shaking that have a 2 percent chance of being exceeded in a 50-year period. Shaking is expressed as a percentage of g, which refers to the acceleration of an object due to gravity. Values may vary within individual metro areas.

Melbourne’s Residents are Tree-mailing

For the last two years, residents and visitors of Melbourne have been sending emails to local trees through the City’s Urban Forest Visual. One resident wrote:

“Dear Algerian oak,
Thank you for giving us oxygen.
Thank you for being so pretty.”

Emailing trees may seem like an odd initiative at first, but the program has produced research allowing the city to “increase tree canopy cover, manage diversity in the forest, and reduce heat in summer”, while promoting community engagement.

Do you have a resilience story from the past few weeks that we missed? Share it in the comments or on Twitter with #ResilientCities and it might make it into the next roundup.