Experts are saying in the post-Hurricane Sandy America that planning and the built environment must change in responses to climate change.
Here’s something I posted four years ago about what the US EPA was saying back when George W. Bush was President:
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Then-Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and I attended a conference in
Chicago in 2003, hosted by Mayor Richard Daley, where officials from the
EPA told Midwestern elected leaders that climate change models
predicted heavier rain events.
The EPA officials were urging the
Midwestern leaders to adapt their planning and spending to more
aggressively confront storm water and related services because heavier,
intense rains were going to be come more frequent.
Part of the
message was: forget the notion of the “100-year-storm.” They’ll come
more often than that in the Midwest as the atmosphere warms.
Again – - this wasn’t advocacy science or partisan scare tactics.