According to Jack Fellows, cities have more than one incentive to plan ahead for global warming.
Jack Fellows: They’re going to gain knowledge on how to deal with climate change. And that knowledge is going to be exportable to other areas and to other countries.
Fellows, who spoke with EarthSky at a science meeting, is a leading expert on climate change and public policy. He works with The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
Jack Fellows: It’s critically important for communities not to plan for current climate, but for a climate that might be two to four degrees warmer than it is today.
Fellows suggested that cities around the world will have to cope with sea level rise, droughts, and floods. He thinks that if cities plan ahead, they might be able to sell their adaptive knowledge and technologies – technologies affecting things like water infrastructure, bridges, wind farms, and solar farms.
Jack Fellows: You know, where are you going to put those? How are you going to build them? I don’t think we even really know all the opportunities that are going to exist. But just right now, there’s a pretty good sense that it’s going to be substantial, billions of dollars.
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Jorge Salazar has conducted thousands of in-depth interviews with scientists in the process of creating science content for EarthSky. He also helps host the 90-second EarthSky podcasts. Jorge has a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He knows a lot about a lot of different things. For EarthSky, he has explored subjects as diverse as nanotechnology, ecosystem-based management, climate change, global health, international environmental treaties, astrophysics and cosmology, and environmental security. His penetrating research style, poetic writing, and ability to track down and speak with Nobel prize-winning laureates, all make him a huge asset to EarthSky.