More and More, Federal Government Sees Relocating People to Higher Ground “Unavoidable”

More and More, Federal Government Sees Relocating People to Higher Ground “Unavoidable”

The New York Times published a piece by Christopher Flavelle explaining that even though the Trump administration is skeptical of climate change, they are going forward to implement policies begun in the Obama Administration and expanded under Trump that force cities to move their residents out of flood-prone areas or else they will not be eligible for crucial federal flood mitigation funding.

Why This Matters:  The evidence of increased flooding due to climate change is overwhelming.  Realtors know it, and the latest studies show the problem is bad and getting worse — and it is not just in coastal areas.

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Climate Change Impacts Roads, May Make Traffic Worse Unless We Adapt Them

Climate Change Impacts Roads, May Make Traffic Worse Unless We Adapt Them

Climate change will impact roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure in ways you may not have realized, writes Matt Alderton in The Washington Post over the weekend.  Infrastructure is built to withstand certain weather conditions and extremes: “the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has guidelines that say asphalt should be engineered to withstand the hottest week on record during a certain historical period — say, 1970 and 2000.”

Why This Matters:  We need to adapt our roads to withstand future conditions, otherwise drivers will experience much worse road conditions and traffic, not to mention the huge expense for taxpayers for repairs due to ineffective design.

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Houston Launches Resilience Plan To Prepare For Its New Normal

Houston Launches Resilience Plan To Prepare For Its New Normal

The City of Houston has adopted a plan to prepare the city for what is expected to be more of the same for decades to come due to climate change — through a range of actions such as the planting of 4.6 million new trees and the removal of all homes from city floodways.

Why This Matters:  FEMA studies have shown that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — $1 invested before a disaster saves on average more than $5 after — and sometimes much more.

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U.S. and North America Most Resilient to Climate Change

U.S. and North America Most Resilient to Climate Change

A new study by the Economist magazine’s Intelligence Unit (EIU) finds not surprisingly that rich countries such as those in Europe and North America are more resilient to climate change, with less impact on their economies than other regions.  The EIU used an index and found that the global economy will be 3% smaller in 2050 when analyzed against a new framework they developed, while the U.S. will be 1.1% smaller, according to CNN Business.

Why This Matters:  The extent of preparation for climate change impacts is an important economic health indicator for banks, governments, companies, and other institutions as they make investments in those regions — not to mention the citizens of those regions when they consider the effectiveness of their governing institutions.

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Home Builders Blocked Regulations That Would Have Made Houses More Climate Ready

Home Builders Blocked Regulations That Would Have Made Houses More Climate Ready

A New York Times investigation published last weekend found that the National Association of Home Builders was able to prevent changes to “model” building codes that would have made new houses in much of the country more energy-efficient or more resilient to floods, hurricanes, and other disasters.

Why This Matters:  The Homebuilders seem to believe that building climate resilience and energy efficiency into homes is extravagant and will price people out of new homes.  But these climate requirements generally pay for themselves over time in energy savings and lower insurance costs.

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The Green New Deal Gets Some Infrastructure

The Green New Deal Gets Some Infrastructure

Today the outline of the Green New Deal (GND) was filled in a bit more when Senator Ed Markey, the lead GND sponsor in the Senate, released an infrastructure white paper for a “green and climate-friendly infrastructure legislative package” because “[c]limate change has amplified existing threats to America’s infrastructure.”   

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