PBS NewsHour explores Boston’s plans for the impact of climate change on storms and asks: Will it be enough?
by Christine Boynston, PBS NewsHour
January 11, 2018
PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien examined last week’s record-breaking weather, as a wintry blast coincided with a full moon high tide, causing icy floods in parts of Boston.
“Surprising as it seemed, the experts saw it coming, an epic nor’easter, a full moon high tide and a rising sea, all conspiring to swallow up swathes of Boston with an icy cold winter flood,” O’Brien said. “It got wall-to-wall live attention on the local news.”
O’Brien spoke with Kleinfelder Senior Climate Change Planner Nasser Brahim, MyRadar Digital Meteorologist Leslie Hudson, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Climate Scientist Radley Horton, MIT Professor of Atmospheric Science Kerry Emanuel, Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space Austin Blackmon, and Global Resilience Institute Founding Director Stephen Flynn.
“I worry sometimes that we are creating islands of resilience in seas of fragility,” Dr. Flynn told O’Brien. “Where the real challenge lies is that cities don’t control entirely their destinies. They rely on transportation, energy networks, communication networks that sprawl across the country, across borders. It’s so important to have national leadership, in some cases to take this on globally, is because these systems we rely on have to essentially be able to built resilient across multiple jurisdictions.”
The piece, which aired on January 10, is an installment of the PBS weekly science series, Leading Edge.
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[Featured photo: Pedestrians cross the street in downtown Boston, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A massive winter storm swept from the Carolinas to Maine on Thursday, dumping snow along the coast and bringing strong winds that will usher in possible record-breaking cold. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)]