Paris is flooding, again, sadly this is now something of a wintertime high-water ritual that frequently plagues the city. As noted in a recent article posted at CNN, this month marks the anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the modern history of Paris, it was back on January 28, 1910, the Seine reached a height of nearly 28 feet, pushing up into the city’s streets. So, maybe this is a time for us, especially those who live in coastal cities to think about any lessons that might be learned in the face of the ever growing threat of climate change.
“As weather patterns change in ways we can’t predict, inland cities such as Paris may also feel the effects of the shifts in weather patterns. Even though this current flood isn’t the result of climate change, it’s still a prescient reminder that future related weather incidents could put the city at risk. Cities will need to think beyond convenience or profit to add resilience to the necessary features of urban development. They should pay close attention to flood zones and how changes in climate and land use can shift where floods happen.”
A good commentary, feel free to read the original article by Jeffery Jackson, Other Cities Ignore Paris Floods At Their Peril.