Big storms more becoming more common. That makes it crucial to take climate change into account when rebuilding.
The damage from Hurricane Ian will very likely run into the tens of billions of dollars and scientists say the United States can expect more severe storms like it as the planet heats up. They also say the risks of increasingly wild weather make it all the more urgent that cities and states take steps to protect people and property.
One of the ways to do that is to heed lessons and rebuild wisely after big storms. In some cases, for example, it might not make sense to replace homes on low-lying land, over and over again, in areas vulnerable to storm surge.
“There’s no point in repeating the same mistakes in exactly the same way,” said Auroop R. Ganguly, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. When it comes to rebuilding,