Climate and Society Co-Director Writes Op-ed for CNN

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Climate and Society Co-Director Ben Orlove authored an op-ed for CNN this morning about why people don’t take the risk of climate change as serious as the risk posed by storms. Hurricane Sandy, which will make landfall as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Northeast this evening in the New York area, inspired Orlove’s rumination.

In thinking about these different types of risk, Orlove writes:

“I thought of the most vulnerable structure in Manhattan, the sea wall at the southern tip of the island. This wall, which protects the city’s subways from flooding, is nine feet high, usually a firm bulwark. But it faces three forces that bring waters higher. The tides are the first, and the second is the water pushed coastward by storms. The third is climate change.”

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