NCSE Essays

NCSE Essays provide a deeper look into topics trending across the environmental and scientific communities. Essays are authored by members of the NCSE community, including deans, directors, fellows, and staff.

Understanding Resilience: The Role of Social Capital from Texas to the Indus River Basin (Part 2)

Global climate change has brought with it unprecedented and devastating natural disasters the world over. Major climate events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis do not discriminate between the developed and developing world. While levels of wealth, sturdiness of built infrastructure, and formal institutions may vary from richer to poorer countries, the essence of human communities rarely does.

Understanding Resilience: A Social Perspective (Part 1)

In recent years, the concept of sustainability has emerged as a powerful and imperative notion that is fast becoming front and center of several debates concerning economic growth, social development, and environmental challenges. With a rapidly changing climatic landscape coupled with major natural disasters around the world, the need for more sustainable development, infrastructure, and increased resilience is vital.