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The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic provided a dress rehearsal for confronting the catastrophic risk of climate change. Unlike the disease, however, there is no vaccine to solve climate change.

  • Alice Hill, former special assistant to President Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff, currently David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, said every decision maker in the federal government must consider whether climate risk will affect his or her decisions and that it will in most instances.
  • Hill said one lesson the United States has learned from the Covid-19 pandemic that applies to climate change is that preparation is essential.
  • While people cannot stop climate change completely, they can improve outcomes by cutting emissions and preparing for the types of natural disasters that accompany higher temperatures, said Hill.
  • Hill said government leaders can support state, local and tribal officials in making decisions about climate risk.

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