Forum: Climate change increasingly costly for Greater New Haven

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Climate Change

by Chris Schweitzer

A rain storm in 2012 prevented many commuters from finding a dry route to their homes after work. (photo: cjzurcher)

A rain storm in 2012 prevented many commuters from finding a dry route to their homes after work. This picture was taken from the Ikea New Haven parking lot on Brewery Street while the photographer was waiting for streets to clear.  (photo: cjzurcher)

The impacts of climate change are increasingly costly for the New Haven region and the world. In New Haven, we’ve recently seen Hurricane Irene and the 2011 Halloween nor’easter that dumped heavy snow; an August 2012 torrential rain that dumped 2.1 inches in less than an hour, then October “Super Storm” Sandy. And in 2013 Blizzard Nemo hit. Then, 2014 saw the arrival of arctic vortex that created a much harsher winter and drove up heating bills. UI just announced plans to spend $100 million to cut back trees in the area to prepare for future storms, both of which will cost residents more but are especially hard on those with fixed incomes.

While the challenge is daunting, there are many great very doable solutions available. We just need to move on them. Now.

Chris Schweitzer is Program Director of New Haven/Leon Sister City Project, which supports education and sustainable development in Nicaragua and New Haven. Write to him at 608 Whitney Ave., New Haven 06511. Email: cschweitzer@newhaveleon.org.

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