Earlier this week, Senator Pacheco’s Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released an omnibus bill climate change bill. The bill combines dozens of ideas for reducing carbon emissions, including authorizations for powerful new market mechanisms.
Defending our critical infrastructure from increased flood risks requires supporting the agencies that own infrastructure with adequate funding.
Many public agencies are taking steps to evaluate flood risk exposures due to climate change and set plans in motion. Much remains to be done!
Considering flood risks out to the 20 foot contour appears to be responsible over the next 100 years. The good news is that careful risk analysis is happening across many agencies.
There are several bills before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy relative to oil and gas infrastructure and gas leaks that have been filed this session which may be of interest to advocates.
Global sea levels are forecast to rise this century. By the year 2100, there is a 96% chance that Boston sea level will have risen by at least 1.8 ft. (0.56 m), a 1.3% chance of the rise exceeding 6.3 ft. (1.92 m) and a 0.1% chance of exceeding 11 ft. (3.4 m).