28 Sep '12, 10pm

In a climate-crazed world, how can we plan for the future?

Recent analysis suggests, however, that climate change and urbanization will be larger than anticipated, and some variables are already beyond the maximum that were considered in the design phase. These surprises require significant revisions to the plans. At-risk infrastructure includes: • The canals and pipes built principally to upgrade discharge capacity of the storm sewer system may not be able to handle increased flows. • Increases in precipitation and tide levels observed over the last decade already exceed those projected and may over-top dikes and barriers. • Future saline intrusion and rainfall intensity may be more severe than anticipated, potentially rendering the poldering plans obsolete even before they have been approved. Since the plan was created, the city has also experienced unprojected urbanization in low-density areas, perhaps due to the illusion of sa...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/in-a-climate-crazed-world...

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