Our infrastructure emergency is here: It’s all hands on deck to fix New York City

Wouldn’t it be great if we could go one day without a catastrophic infrastructure meltdown? After the past couple weeks of blackouts, subway shutdowns, heatwaves and flooding, our city’s vulnerability is on full display — and the famous toughness of New Yorkers is being pushed to the limit.

 

The truth is this: We simply do not have infrastructure that can respond to climate shocks. And it’s only going to get worse. If scientists’ projections are correct, by 2050, the number of 100-degree days will increase by 10 times, the frequency of extreme rainfall will dramatically increase and we could see storms like Hurricane Sandy arrive as frequently as every 25 years.

 

It is past time to ensure our infrastructure can keep up with the new normal and prepare for what climate change will bring next. There is no time for finger-pointing. This is the fight of our lives.