Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Study urged for London on climate change risks

Norman de Bono in IFP Press: Washed-out roads, crumbled bridges, flooded homes — lives at risk. Those are the types of threats London city council will discuss Monday, asking staff to look hard at the possible effects of climate change on public works, to avoid disasters which have cost other centres millions in damages.

“There are a number of areas where we are vulnerable, where there is risk to property and lives,” Coun. Joni Baechler, who sits on council’s planning, environmental and engineering committee, said Sunday. The committee has a report detailing what the city needs to do to improve its infrastructure to cope with global warming.

The committee is recommending to full council today further study of the threat to city facilities, such as sewers, by rising water levels. The report also calls for the city to develop a green infrastructure plan and long-term climate change adaptation strategy….

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