Time frames, infrastructure and possibilities by greenmoneytree.org
Adapting requires time, it depends on efficient infrastructure and it's not only an obstacle but also a possibility.
Coastal communities are the most important communities in regards to infrastructure today and also the most vulnerable communities in regards to climate change. So when adapting to the impacts of global warming, coastal communities must engage in potential scenario outcomes and how to handle those outcomes.
By developing scenarios based on the impact of climate change, communities can adapt strategies on how to solve problems stemming from climate change. We can develop solutions to see to what extent those solutions would need in order to work.
Using the same scenario development, we might even see what possibilities arrives from those changes in climate change. For example, by using geographical data, we can see how the rise of sea levels affect a community. How does it impact energy supply, how are power plants and the grids affected. Transportation is another issue, how are ports able to cope with the rise of sea levels. We can of course find solutions to many of these impacts from climate change but are those solutions aligned with the same time frame as the impacts from climate change?
We should not neglect the possibilities that may arise from climate change as well. Of course, there will be social (and political), economical and environmental change as a result of global warming. Instead of fighting for a losing cause (mitigating climate change) and instead focusing on adapting for climate change we can see where we should finance projects, for what purposes and establish a way in which we can continue to develop our society in a safe manner.
*One example that we can use, for the sake of using an example, is nuclear power plants.
Category of the action
Communicating Coastal Risk and Resiliency
What actions do you propose?
Scenario development based on impact on coastal communities from climate change.
*Scenario development on how nuclear power plants and the infrastructure that it involves, are able to cope with global warming, rise in sea levels, security in terms of nuclear materials and time frames it would take to secure these types of infrastructure.
Who will take these actions?
What are other key benefits?
To be updated.
Similar to the 'Great Society' project, a project of this size need government spending. It's not all bad though if you are a libertarian as plenty of firms in the private sector are involved in infrastructure projects. The benefits include a resilience to climate change so that society can cope with what is going on in the world and what will happen to it as impacts occur.
Key beneficiaries include but are not limited to; energy sector (by securing the energy, society can use it and firms make money), transport sector (working infrastructure will allow for trade of goods & services), public (safe roads, jobs in infrastructure and energy).
What are the proposal’s costs?
To be updated.
The great thing about this project is that is has several stages. These stages will have to be funded soon or later as society experience the impacts from global warming. The first stage of this project is research where the scenario development take place. In order to communicate the coastal resilience of a community we must state what the risks are to it. By funding this type of research we can find out what the impacts will be and thereafter find solutions to it. The solution part is of course based on both governmental and private actors as the infrastructure will most likely have to be adapted. This is the second phase of the project.
Infrastructure funding: Capital for infrastructure investment.
The first phase of the project, creating scenarios, are short term whereas implementing the changes in infrastructure can be made in either medium or long term, pending on solutions.