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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April 26, 2022

UNF program pairs tomorrow’s environmental leaders with today’s challenges

The Environmental Leadership Program at the University of North Florida is preparing students to be future environmental leaders through training and hands-on experiences with organizations from throughout the community.

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April 6, 2022

A surprising climate change contributor: retention ponds that reduce flooding

While stormwater ponds do offer benefits, new research from UF indicates that they may be delivering a net disservice by contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

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March 3, 2022

Florida rooftop solar change seems likely to pass, over pushback from solar industry

Fleming Island state Sen. Jennifer Bradley says her bill would get rid of a subsidy that utility customers without rooftop solar are being forced to pay. Opponents of the bill question whether that subsidy even exists and worry the bill could seriously hurt the state’s rooftop solar industry.

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February 17, 2022

Where do Jacksonville City Council candidates stand on climate change?

With election day fast approaching, the race to fill the at-large Jacksonville City Council seat left vacant by the late Tommy Hazouri is heating up with issues like JSO funding and Downtown development taking center stage. But where do the candidates stand on climate change?

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February 15, 2022

Building Flood Resilience Into Urban Systems

This is the second installment of the “Let’s Talk About Resilience” webinar series presented in partnership with the GTM Research Reserve, the Northeast Florida Regional Council and ADAPT from Jacksonville Today and WJCT Public Media.

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January 25, 2022

Controversial author Steven Koonin to speak about climate change in Jacksonville

When it comes to climate change, many of Koonin’s views — as expressed in his book and in prior speaking engagements — are controversial because they don’t line up with the scientific consensus.

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January 18, 2022

Could bacteria help reduce shoreline erosion? UNF researchers aim to find out

Researchers at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville are studying how a naturally occurring bacteria could be used to reduce shoreline erosion, one of many issues that are being exacerbated by climate change.

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December 22, 2021

Doug Eng: Environmental activism through art

Through his art, Jacksonville photographer Doug Eng is trying to help people gain more of an appreciation for the natural environment — and ultimately, of how their own actions are affecting it.

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December 17, 2021

Under JEA’s SolarMax program, companies can get 100% electricity from solar

Companies including Florida Blue and Johnson and Johnson are signing onto a new program from JEA that allows corporations to elect what percentage of their power comes from solar energy.

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December 2, 2021

Rising seas swamp Black, Spanish and Indigenous history in St. Johns County

A city reliant on heritage tourism struggles to protect its most valuable assets.

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