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 and on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

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February 18, 2021

Is rooftop solar under threat in Florida? If so, Jacksonville could offer a glimpse into the future

Many are worried that Florida’s powerful investor-owned utilities are pushing regulators to scale back the state’s rooftop solar policy, as JEA did, or get rid of it all together.

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December 17, 2020

Climate action on the rise within local communities of faith

Faith-based efforts like Green Spirits are increasingly popping up around the country as Christians — many of them young — start to push back against the skepticism of climate science that has taken root in their communities.

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October 27, 2020

St. Augustine struggles to fight a global threat on a small-town budget

As the holiday season approaches and residents look ahead to the annual Nights of Lights festival an old enemy is rearing its head: the sea.

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September 11, 2020

TV weathercasters could be key to climate action

Local weathercasters are well positioned to help educate the public on climate change, which researchers say is necessary before people can buy in to addressing its causes.

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January 25, 2020

The officer: Julia Nesheiwat

Julia Nesheiwat is Florida’s Chief Resilience Officer  Update: Julia Nesheiwat assumed the position of Florida’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer in July 2019. Her appointment was announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis in August 2019. In February 2020, Nesheiwat announced she would be leaving the position of CRO to join the Trump administration as Deputy Assistant to the President working on homeland security and resilience.  

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January 25, 2020

The coordinator: Sean Lahav

Sean Lahav is the Resiliency Coordinator for the Northeast Florida Regional Council What does a resiliency coordinator do?   A big focus of my position is to look at resilience from a community perspective. That starts with public awareness.   We work with rotary clubs and other similar groups on the ground to talk about what small-business owners can do to

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January 25, 2020

The planner: Shane Corbin

Shane Corbin is the City Manager of Atlantic Beach  What in your background prepared you to work in Atlantic Beach?   I was born in Panama City, but I consider Louisville, Kentucky, my hometown. I began my planning career as a land use planner 15 or 20 years ago in Hardin County, Kentucky.   From there, I moved to Louisville and was

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January 25, 2020

The city’s tree guy: Richard Leon

Richard Leon is Jacksonville’s Urban Forestry Manager   What is an urban forestry manager? What do you do?  Half the city thinks I’m a tree butcher, the other half thinks I’m a tree hugger.  Basically, I’m responsible for all the trees on city property in Jacksonville. The parks department reaches out to me to inspect their trees and assess if they

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January 25, 2020

The conversation starter: Lauren Watkins

Lauren Watkins teaches people how to talk about climate change as the Director of Behavior Change Strategies for Impact By Design You train professionals in climate change communication. Who attends the sessions? Typically they’re for people who are working in institutions like museums and parks, where they’re trying to change audience behaviors, but the techniques we teach, called “strategic framing,”

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January 25, 2020

The scientist: Adam Rosenblatt

Adam Rosenblatt is an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida  Tell me about the letter you and other scientists at UNF, Jacksonville University and Florida State College at Jacksonville recently wrote to city leaders.   My colleagues and I wrote asking the City Council and Mayor Lenny Curry to prioritize developing a climate action plan. We presented

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