Report: Climate Change Threatens Aging U.S. Infrastructure
Communities across the United States are having to tackle the impact of climate change on their infrastructure. Rising sea levels, increased precipitation and more extreme weather is putting pressure on the country’s roads, bridges and tunnels. The fourth National Climate Assessment projects that by 2090 damage to the nation’s roads caused by climate change could total 20 billion dollars each year And up to six-thousand bridges could be threatened by increases in inland precipitation. CGTN’s Karina Huber has more.
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sure Road in Brookhaven New York links homes along the coast with the nearby town but it’s become increasingly difficult to guarantee safe passage we’ve had several storms recently where the road behind me has been four feet deep with water in one month in 2018 the road flooded four times when that happens not even large trucks can get through it wasn’t always this way highway superintendent Dan las’ Quadro says rising sea levels have made storms more damaging the question now is how much more will they rise in any given period of time is there anything we can do to slow that process and what are we going to do to protect our shorelines and our property because of that the short term solution has been to reinforce the road with an angular type of stone made of blasted granite when the water hits it it dissipates it absorbs the energy of the waves and it helps protect longer term less Quadro says the road will need to be elevated by a meter or more communities across the United States are having to tackle the impact of climate change on their infrastructure rising sea levels increase precipitation and more extreme weather is putting pressure on the country’s roads bridges and tunnels the fourth national climate assessment projects that by twenty ninety damage to the nation’s roads caused by climate change could total twenty billion dollars each year and up to six thousand bridges could be threatened by increases in inland precipitation US ports are also vulnerable and that could lead to disruptions to global trade I think it’s a big problem and I think it’s getting worse first of all we have aging infrastructure in America we already need billions of dollars of new investment and now we have climate change the effects of which are getting worse all the time environmental strategist LG Holstein says coastal areas may be most vulnerable but no region will be left unscathed he says to tackle the problem the US needs to make a national commitment to fortify its against the effects of climate change that’s going to take a lot of work at the state level but I think it’s an issue in which at the federal level we can see the political parties perhaps coming together in a way that they often do not to work collaboratively to work cooperatively to make the changes that are needed we’re just getting started we have a lot more to do perhaps the biggest challenge is convincing the US President to take action Donald Trump has said he’s not convinced humans are behind climate change and when this report by his own government came out in November he quickly dismissed it Karina Huber CGT n New York..