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Environental Governance and Climate Resilience: Regional Reports

Student presentations on sea level rise adaptation strategies around the United States, and how they might inform policy decisions on the Pacific Coast. These were produced for the Fall 2018 course, "Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience," taught by Professors Bruce E. Cain and Len Ortolano. They were presented to a public workshop on Dec. 10, 2018.


 

Felicity Barringer on KJZZ’s ‘The Show’

About 180 miles south of San Diego, in the arid region of Baja California in an area called the San Quentin valley, there are seemingly endless fields full of strawberries.

It’s a region that’s already incredibly dry, and a crop that’s incredibly thirsty. Despite this, they are so profitable, farmers there won’t stop growing them anytime soon.

So with an ongoing drought and climate change on the horizon, how will the industry sustain itself?

Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs

A paper based on ideas participants discussed at the conference “Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs,” namely the five challenges that all water managers face and three particular water infrastructure issues: the opportunities afforded by considering water systems as “loops,” the importance of resiliency in response to climate change, and the reforms in federal, state, and private funding mechanisms that can facilitate water infrastructure financing. 

Towns in Transition: Kern County as a Case Study for Justice Considerations in Decarbonization

Kern County is a region whose intense oil and gas development increasingly overlaps with renewable energy projects. This report seeks to answer the question: is the oil economy set to follow the downward trajectory of conventional resource economies, or is renewable energy ready to fill the void?

Public Receptivity in China Towards Wind Energy Generators: A Survey Experimental Approach

While extant works have documented public receptivity towards wind turbines extensively in developed democracies, less is known about the transferability of these findings outside the OECD. We examine these claims in China, who leads the world’s wind energy market and faces rising environmental NIMBYism.

Evaluating Environmental Governance along Cross-Border Electricity Supply Chains with Policy-Informed Life Cycle Assessment: The California–Mexico Energy Exchange

This paper presents a “policy-informed” life cycle assessment of a cross-border electricity supply chain that links the impact of each unit process to its governing policy framework. An assessment method is developed and applied to the California–Mexico energy exchange as a unique case study.

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