Since the beginning of 2020, 1.4 million acres—an area larger than Rhode Island—have burned in California, and 31 people have died.
From 1980 to1990, an average of 149 climate-related disasters occurred annually, posting economic damage of roughly $14 billion each year. Between 2004 and 2014, this total more than doubled, averaging 332 disasters and $100 billion in damage annually.
Between 2017 and 2018, global finance for adaptation activities was a meager $30 billion, a significant increase from prior years, but still only five percent of total global climate finance and $150 billion short of adequate global spending.
Localities tend to avoid projects with high face-value price tags and delayed returns, but impact metrics that accurately reflect the savings wrought by climate resiliency will show that adaptive public infrastructure projects can be much more cost-effective in the long-term.
That climate change is real and is here could not be more glaringly obvious... To do nothing is simply no longer an option.