Long after the floods have receded, city planners worldwide will be haunted by the havoc caused by Storm Ida in New York and New Jersey. And climate volatility doesn’t just impact wealthy urban hubs: in low- to middle-income countries, natural disasters cause $18 billion of damage to power and transport infrastructure every year.
Essential infrastructure, services and facilities are already being destabilized by climate change. Urban planners must act, and adapt, fast.
More Americans than ever before live in areas with the highest climate risk, piling pressure on urban planners. In the face of increasing extreme weather events, failing to build climate-resilient cities will have a devastating impact on economies, livelihoods and communities.