An article posted today in The Tyee points out that while politicians often make promises about adaptation after extreme weather events occur, they are less likely to follow through on those promises long-term. This lack of adaptation planning makes communities more vulnerable to future climate events.
“The flood of 2013 [in Alberta] may have been the largest in 60 years, but it was not extraordinary, and it was likely neither the flood of the century, nor the flood of a lifetime for those in the region,” says Pomeroy. “We need to prepare downstream communities for similar floods as well as floods that will be a lot larger.”
Mentioned in this article are meteorologists Paul Whitfield and Ron Stewart, members of the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) project of which ACT is a partner.
CCaR is an international, $12.5-million study that focuses on four cities worldwide -Vancouver, Manila, Lagos, and Bangkok- as well as the countries of each project city to assess managing climate change in coastal megacities. This project addresses an important gap in Canada’s climate change knowledge and will teach the participating cities to anticipate, manage, and reduce climate risk vulnerability through adaptation.