Facing the consequences
An Economist article about global climate change referenced IoES Professor Matt Kahn's new book, "Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future."
Global action is not going to stop climate change. The world needs to look harder at how to live with it.
People will also have to contend with unpredictable shifts in weather patterns. New York might, in principle, protect itself against a hurricane-driven storm surge on top of a higher sea level with a much more massive set of barriers that could seal the Verrazano Narrows and the smaller spans of Throgs Neck, at the base of Long Island Sound, and the Arthur Kill, west of Staten Island. However, as Matthew Kahn, an economist at the University of California, Los Angeles, points out in his book, “Climatopolis”, the politics of such huge and hugely costly engineering might prove difficult. New Amsterdam does not have the attitudes of old Amsterdam.
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Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010