Brendan Rivers

Brendan Rivers is the lead reporter for ADAPT, where he also writes the ADAPT email newsletter, hosts live events, and hosts and produces the ADAPT podcast profiling local people who are working on the issue of climate change. 

Brendan's climate bylines include NPR, The Guardian, Grist, The Miami Herald, and The Florida Times-Union. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a former fellow with InsideClimate News and Climate Matters in the Newsroom.

Brendan has worked as a reporter for WJCT News and as a news director at Southern Stone Communications radio stations in the Daytona Beach area. 

Brendan Rivers can be reached at brivers@wjct.org and on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

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January 23, 2023

Community meetings are next step for Jax chief resilience officer

“We’re going to be really guided by the data. But also, it’s so important for that data to be grounded by what we’re hearing from people who are living in these neighborhoods,” says Anne Coglianese, Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Jacksonville.

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January 6, 2023

Duval high school cancels play over sexual content

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts pulled the plug on the production of “Indecent.”

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November 22, 2022

After Ian and Nicole, experts warn of health risks from blue-green algae

Climate change is fueling toxic blooms of blue-green algae. Exposure to poisons produced by the blooms can lead to health effects that last for years. In some cases, the results can be deadly.

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October 6, 2022

An ADAPT Q&A with North Florida Green Chamber Executive Director Jessica Tittl

The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce recently selected Jessica Tittl as its new executive director. She has some pretty ambitious goals for the Green Chamber — and the state of Florida as a whole.

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September 27, 2022

#AskJAXTDY: Answering your local Hurricane Ian questions

The Jacksonville Today team is answering storm prep questions ahead of Hurricane Ian making landfall on Florida’s west coast tomorrow. Send us your questions on Twitter @JAXTDY and we’ll update this story with the answer.  For up-to-the minute info on Hurricane Ian, follow Florida Storms on Twitter; download the Florida Storms app, which includes street-level warnings on a live broadcast

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September 26, 2022

An ADAPT Q&A with Jay Stowe, CEO of JEA

Stowe fills us in on skyrocketing electricity bills, a failed solar project, JEA’s future energy mix and the status of Plant Vogtle, among other things.

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August 24, 2022

JEA ready for peak hurricane season despite supply chain challenges

JEA and FPL say they’re ready to restore power quickly no matter what happens this hurricane season, but the Florida Division of Emergency Management is warning that some businesses or neighborhoods could be on generator power “for months to years” if one or more major hurricanes make landfall this year.

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July 28, 2022

Jacksonville named at risk for ‘climate gentrification.’ How can we lessen the threat?

A researcher at FSU says climate change fueled displacement of residents is a looming “existential crisis” for Jacksonville and other major Florida cities.

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July 14, 2022

Citizen scientists help map the heat in Jacksonville

Extreme heat is the deadliest form of hazardous weather and Jacksonville will soon have data showing how the city is being affected by rising temperatures and which neighborhoods need the most help.

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June 21, 2022

Florida Power & Light sets ambitious goal to eliminate carbon emissions by 2045

The parent company of Florida’s largest utility has announced plans to expand its use of solar energy and other renewable sources.

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