Communities along the East Coast are reeling from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, dealing with electric outages, flooded streets, damaged sewage plants, and fractured transportation lines. Can cities rebuild stronger, more resilient infrastructure to weather the storms of the future?
Climatologists Radley Horton and J. Marshall Shepherd say that climate change causes sea level rise—which may in turn cause more punishing storms. If weather were a sport, they say, climate change would make it a whole new game. Listen to more of the conversation here.
Radley Horton is an associate research scientist in The Earth Institute at Columbia University, a climatologist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and a climate lead scientist on the NYC Panel on Climate Change. He is based in New York, New York.
Andrew Revkin is the author of Weather: An Illustrated History (Sterling, 2018). He’s also a longtime climate reporter and strategic advisor for science and environmental journalism at the National Geographic Society. He’s based in New York, New York.
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future (Crown, 2021). She’s based in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Dannel Malloy is the 88th governor of Connecticut. He is based in Hartford, Connecticut.