Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bay Area Begins to Brace for Effects of Climate Change

There's a big difference between climate change mitigation -- reducing greenhouse gas emissions so that climate change doesn't get any worse -- and adaptation -- adapting to the changes already set in motion in order to reduce our risk and exposure to the harmful effects of climate change.
California is a national and international leader on the mitigation front, with numerous progressive and aggressive policies designed to curb emissions of carbon and other GHGs. However, when it comes to adaptation we're lagging behind, a particularly serious issue in the Bay Area, where so much valuable infrastructure is exposed to rising sea levels, flooding, and storm surges.
A number of efforts are currently underway to address this on a regional basis, including two launched in the second half of 2012. This article for Estuary News provides a brief overview.