Having trouble beating the heat this summer? Imagine how your infrastructure feels.
Last summer, we told you about extreme heat leading to buckling roads, melting runways, and kinky railroad tracks. Now we're also hearing about droopy power lines and grounded airplanes.
NPR’s Science Friday hosted a discussion last week with Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, about how cities can adapt to hotter temperatures and other climate impacts like floods and rising sea levels. Here’s Arroyo:
… the thing to keep in mind is that this infrastructure is built for the past conditions in our local area. So, it's not to say that we can't change our infrastructure with climate change in mind, whether it be climate change impacts along the coast, like storm surge or sea level rise, but it's obviously going to take time and it's going to take money.
Arroyo and host Ira Flatow talked about some of the solutions cities are considering or already implementing to make their systems more resilient.