Flood maps, coastal issues, and climate change
August 21, 2013
Guests: Lisa Auermuller, Erin O’Neill, and Bryan Walsh
Several important reports surrounding the issue of climate change, flooding and risk to coasts were released last week. A leaked draft of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeâ€™s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report says, with even more certainty, that human activities have been the main cause of climate change since the 1950s. On Monday, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force findings were released outlining 69 policy recommendations on how to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Among its gravest warnings was surrounding the dangers of rising seas and more intense flooding.Â And finally, there have been increasing criticisms directed at the Federal Emergency Management Agencyâ€™s (FEMA) latest round of flood maps. Given the prediction of higher risks related to storms, accurate flood maps are crucial for planning. Weâ€™ll explore these three stories starting off with LISA AUERMULLER of Rutgers University who explains FEMAâ€™s mapping process. Then weâ€™ll hear from journalist ERIN Oâ€™NEILL of The Star Ledger about the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Forceâ€™s findings. Weâ€™ll round out the hour with BRYAN WALSH of Time Magazine who will deconstruct the leaked IPCC draft report.