Playing Russian roulette with cities and climate change

Just last month, the New York Times reported on the City’s lack of preparedness for climate risks like extreme weather and sea level rise.

An advisor to the city on climate change told the Times that a flooded NYC subway system would cost $55 billion in economic losses.

“We’ve been extremely lucky,” the advisor added. “I’m disappointed that the political process hasn’t recognized that we’re playing Russian roulette.”

Tonight, a shot fired and the subway system was inundated with salt water. The transit authority’s chairman said the system has “never faced a challenge like the one that confronts us now”.

We need to stop being “surprised” that this is happening to us and accelerate our adaptation and decarbonization efforts.

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