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Disaster Risk Planning: How to Adapt to a Changing Climate

Written by  Jeff Johnson

It’s no secret that our climate has become increasingly volatile, producing extreme weather events more frequently and with higher intensity. When severe weather strikes, its impact can threaten the safety, functionality, and continuity of homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Because of this, urban areas now face greater exposure and vulnerability. Currently, 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas with high population density. Due to the concentration of vital infrastructure in these areas, natural disasters are bound to have more substantial effects on them. On top of that, demographic trends suggest that urbanization will only continue to increase.