Considering Amazon HQ2 In The Time Of Climate Change


SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article featured on the Huffington Post titled “Amazon HQ2 In The Time Of Climate Change; Ranking possible destinations by their vulnerability to climate-driven disaster.” The article describes how analyst firms and media outlets ranked proposals and made recommendations based on variables such as the business environment, costs, human capital, quality of life, transportation, and distance to Amazon’s core facilities, but none considered how a given city might be vulnerable to climate change. Dolšak and Prakash point out that there is substantial evidence that climate change is already impacting communities in the U.S. and many of these events occurred in relative proximity to the top ranked cities for Amazon HQ2. As Amazon and other businesses look for new locations for offices, factories, etc., there is a compelling reason for firms to include climate change issues in their business plans.