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February's Deep Freeze: Cascading Disasters in an Era of Climate Disruption

February 26, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Virtual Event

Recording Coming Soon

Last week’s major winter storm across Texas and the Gulf States had and continues to have devastating human and economic impacts.  The storm resulted in a horrific series of cascading events that began with cold temperatures but quickly expanded to involve electricity supply, water supply, water damage, and other impacts, with stark differences among communities and locations.

This webinar will be a broad-ranging conversation that addresses the causes and consequences of the cascade of failures; the relevance for infrastructure and disaster risk reduction in the future; implications for the future of renewable electricity; and lessons about interactions with inequality and racism.

We are fortunate to be joined by a distinguished group of scholars and activists with expertise in environmental justice, adaptation planning, grid engineering, and climate and energy policy.  The conversation will focus on insights that go beyond the news coverage and that link perspectives among the experts.  Approximately 1/3 of the time will be reserved for questions from the audience.


Sarah Fletcher, Lee and Kitty Price Center Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment 

Catherine Coleman Flowers, Founder, The Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice 

Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor, Stanford University 

Michael Wara, Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment 

Moderated by Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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