Why L.A. Needs a Resilience Czar

Anticipating Everyday Environmental Threats Is Just as Important as Recovering from Natural Disaster

Ruddell Nexus on chief resilience officer

For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population lives in urban settings. Urban living offers many attractions–employment opportunities, higher education, entertainment, healthcare, and public transportation. But the changes we make to the natural landscape to accommodate and support our current population often make us vulnerable to human and environmental threats. And when disasters strike urban areas, many lives are threatened and upended.

For instance, think about how we have built practically right up to shorelines in the New York City area and how quickly Hurricane Sandy …

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