We’re only halfway through the 2010s, and to date, the decade has produced the two warmest summers, the snowiest winter, the wettest day and the two wettest years on record — along with two hurricanes and a derecho, a storm containing straight-line winds strong enough to produce damage on the scale of a hurricane or tornado. Climate change caused by the greenhouse effect is likely to give us more of the same, according to climate research conducted by ICF International. And along with those greater extremes could come something else: an accelerating rate of sea level rise that could by 2100 put much of the low-lying land along the Delaware River under water and flood key evacuation routes if a Category 1 hurricane, the strongest yet to hit the city, came along.
Given these possible scenarios, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability decided it was time to take stock of the city’s assets and see what might need to be done to make them more climate-proof as the climate changes.
The report “Growing Stronger: Toward a Climate-Ready Philadelphia,” released Dec. 2 by the office, describes simple steps city departments and agencies could take now and in the very near term in order to reduce the vulnerability of city assets to damage or loss due to extreme weather and climate change. Read more »