05 Feb '13, 8pm

How can we prepare for climate change without screwing poor people?

Two stories flagged by our Gristmill bloggers yesterday got me thinking. There’s this one , about San Francisco’s “managed retreat” from rising sea levels, and this one , about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) planning to allow some coastal communities to “return to nature.” Both mean the same thing: Shit is getting real. Coastal cities are facing decisions about how to plan for higher seas and more frequent floods, about which lands to abandon and which to “up armor” with levies and seawalls. These are present-day decisions, not something for the distant future. Whether or not the particular plans in SF and NYC go through — they are expensive, and will face much local resistance — they are only the beginning. And it’s not just the coasts. Decisions of a similar spirit will face places like Las Vegas and Phoenix, which exist only by virtue of a steady supply of outside water...

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