Climate change means the kind of flooding that disrupted life for thousands of residents and damaged property worth millions of dollars this spring could become more frequent in future. That's one reason provincial officials plan to unveil a sweeping new regulation this fall that will restrict several forms of development on the province's flood plains -- including the St. John River's.
They are also preparing a broad climate-change risk assessment. It will catalogue every aspect of the province's infrastructure and economy and pinpoint where, and to what extent, they are vulnerable to climate change. Thanks to warmer, wetter winters and hotter drier summers, water is going to be the big adaptation challenge specific to