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Too Big to Flood? Megacities Face Future of Major Storm Risk


Environment  (tags: climate, climate-change, world, overdevelopment, natural disasters, disaster planning, environment, ecosystems, destruction, conservation, protection, humans, habitat, habitatdestruction, nature )

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- 737 days ago - e360.yale.edu
As economic activity and populations continue to expand in coastal urban areas, particularly in Asia, hundreds of trillions of dollars of infrastructure, industrial and office buildings, and homes are increasingly at risk from intensifying storms and risi



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Nancy Anderson (19)
Monday December 17, 2012, 9:32 pm
Anyone living in a coastal area will need to be concerned as the sea level rises.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 5:28 am
But it's such a nice view.
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 6:07 am
The fossil fuel industry should be compelled to compensate people adequately for loss and damage from climate change related events and the money should be used both for mitigation and adaptation.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 6:27 am
I wonder how many people will abandon these areas in favor of safer locations? No doubt those who will end up staying and facing the worst will be the poor people. As usual they will be screwed by the richest 1%!
 

Brian M. (202)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 10:55 am
Good article. Noted. Mega-disasters to American metropolises will become increasingly commonplace if this nation is unwilling to transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. The real question is not if this will happen, but rather how many times will it have to happen before this nation changes course? How many cities have to be devastated before the American people, their corporations, and their government decide that survival is in their best interest? Given the sheer ego-centrism that appears to be the norm in this nation, it will come as no surprise if it takes a full decade of horrific environmental events before anyone really does anything to reduce emissions, transition to clean energy, and to fight climate change.
 

Douglas Wallace (4)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 11:53 am
Hurricane Sandy was our wake up call that SHOULD have come from Katrina!!
 

Melania Padilla (185)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 1:13 pm
Thanks
 

Ana Fontan (16)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 1:36 pm
Noted. Thanks
 

DORIS L. (61)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 1:40 pm
Yeah tell me about it. I'm just grateful the only incovenience I had from Sandy was 6 days without heat or electricity here in NY.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 3:44 pm
It is up to each of us to stop contributing to this destruction and climate change by eating animals, sentient, spiritual beings like us. Going organic vegan will restore so much balance and clen up the waters, soils, gmos, sky and our karma. The way of the SPIRIT is VEGAN or VEGATARIAN. NEVER HARM.
 

Debra B. (24)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 3:59 pm
Thanks
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 4:25 pm
What was that about to big to fail in regard to the taxpayers having to bail out Chase Manhattan and all the other parasites? Why should the mega cities be any different? We are the architects of our own demise.
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 4:45 pm
Noted!
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 4:47 pm
Why can't we mitigate climate change and help prevent further future catastrophes? No, that is too logical.
 

James Maynard (68)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 8:33 pm
If the ice caps keep failing and melting at their
current rate, no coastal city will be immune from
flooding - period. Do the damn math. It is likely
already too late.
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 5:48 am
Unfortunately progress and uncontrolled growth of large urban centers, may bring irreparable damage.
 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 7:56 am
I feel G-d or Mother Nature is just laughing and saying...."if you don't change nothing is safe"......
 

Deborah W. (6)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 8:07 am
Once again we've become our own worst enemy ... let's continue logging, cementing, etc. without putting back. Wonder how long to total irreversible destruction?

On the other hand, may be Mother Nature's answer to overpopulation. Just sayin' ...
 
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