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How To Prepare for The Next Megastorm? Protect Wetlands, Mangroves and Reefs

How To Prepare for The Next Megastorm? Protect Wetlands, Mangroves and Reefs

We weren’t ready. Not for Maria, not for Harvey and Irma, not for Katrina before them. Storms keep getting stronger. Their aftermath gets worse. But the question stays the same: Why weren’t we prepared?  Look out across the landscape and you’ll see one answer. Human development is sprawling into the habitats that would have protected us. Marshes and wetlands are now crisscrossed by train tracks and highways. Dunes are dotted with roads and houses. Coral reefs and oyster beds are gone. Once, these habitats buffered against heavy rains and high waves. Now, they can’t.

“We’re building over our first lines of defense,” said Siddharth Narayan, a coastal and civil engineer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. But protecting and restoring what’s left of these natural defenses could turn the tide, experts say, and help shield cities like Houston from the next major storm…

 

 

Why one region of the US will survive climate change better than any other, according to urban planners

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Why one region of the US will survive climate change better than any other, according to urban planners Josemaria Toscano/Shutterstock Portland, Oregon.

A safe haven sounds like a good idea right about now.

Somewhere that’s warm but not too warm, free from hurricanes and flood-causing downpours, and close to a body of water yet far enough to avoid the threat of sea-level rise.

Which places does that leave? According to climate scientists and urban planners, not a lot.

“The bottom line is it’s going to be bad everywhere,” Bruce Riordan, the director of the Climate Readiness Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, told Business Insider. “It’s a matter of who gets organised around this.”

Still, some areas have a better chance of surviving the onslaught of a warmer planet than others, Vivek Shandas, an urban-planning professor at Portland State University, told Business Insider.

“There are places that might at least temper the effects of climate change,” he said.

All of them are cities, which tend to be less isolated than rural areas, and most…

 

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