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.