When we moved into our Westwood house three years ago, the first thing we did was rip out the grass and plant some nice native stuff that requires little water. Few of our green grass loving neighbors have admired our “Berkeley touch”. In my Climatopolis work on climate change adaptation, I have argued that we will need to take such actions and more to get ready for climate change. But, this article highlights an alternative way to adapt. “This is a demonstration plot showcasing a mix of native grass species, and it is part of researchers’ efforts to find a lawn that will require less water, and less mowing than conventional Texas lawns.” Anticipating that climate conditions are changing, our nerds have the right incentives to tinker and discover. Some of them will succeed and their ideas will diffuse widely (think of multiple Zucks of climate change adaptation).
Returning to Westwood for a moment, we have new neighbors located .8 miles from us. At 1% property taxes a year, she will be paying roughly 1.2 million a year for trash collection and access to the great LAUSD public schools. Not a bad deal!