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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November 30, 2021

Site-Scale Green Infrastructure Solutions For Shoreline Management

This is the first event 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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November 19, 2021

A Florida climate scientist sees 5 ways the infrastructure bill will help protect us

One of Florida’s top climate scientists says the Biden administration’s new infrastructure bill isn’t a climate panacea but, he says, it’s a “great first step.”

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November 2, 2021

Fewer fumes: What the switch to electric vehicles means for Jacksonville

Experts say electrification of trucks and cars would be an essential step toward canceling out America’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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September 29, 2021

A Q&A with Jacksonville’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer

Anne Coglianese, Jacksonville’s first Chief Resilience Officer, has been on the job since July, 2021. She has been tasked with helping the city prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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August 31, 2021

Your flood insurance premium will probably rise; Climate change and coastal development are to blame

The vast majority of the more than 1.7 million households in Florida that have flood insurance policies through the National Flood Insurance Program will likely see their rates rise as Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the program that’s drowning in debt.

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July 29, 2021

A Florida city wanted to move away from fossil fuels. The state made sure it couldn’t.

The story behind Florida’s new laws that strip cities of their ability to fight climate change.

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June 23, 2021

A century of altering the St. Johns River has left Jacksonville more vulnerable to flooding

In 1898 the St. Johns River went about 18 feet down at its deepest point. Now it’s about 40 feet deep. Do the benefits outweigh the costs of dramatically altering the most significant natural feature in the region?

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May 27, 2021

What Jacksonville can learn from Nashville about fighting climate change

Compared with Nashville, Jacksonville is doing relatively little to reduce its carbon footprint and does not have a climate action plan — although many believe the city is starting to move in the right direction and should look to examples like Nashville for the way forward.

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April 15, 2021

Green infrastructure turns old concepts into new reality

Many cities around the country now have proven examples of green infrastructure — Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Portland and St. Petersburg, to name a few. Unfortunately, Jacksonville isn’t one of them. Not yet, at least.

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March 23, 2021

Making a more resilient River City: Top 10 findings from new City Council report

The city of Jacksonville is playing catch-up when it comes to addressing climate change, but it’s now poised to take significant action thanks to the recent work of the City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency.

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