Tell us here, caused 8.7 million customers to lose power, $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion in annual damage just to bridges. 31 October 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a guide titled “Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners,” which aims to help decision makers in developing countries adapt their national public infrastructure to climate change. Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation, is professor of practice of sustainable development diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Countries across the globe are experiencing the growing intensity and frequency of extreme climate events, with catastrophic impacts on infrastructure. But the plan has slipped from the president’s agenda, and Democrats are too preoccupied with impeachment to focus on the real threat to the nation. That is why we urgently need a national plan with bipartisan support to climate-proof American states and cities. Climate-related shocks could raise that bill. The Journal of Environment & Development 2011 20: 2, 167-190 This guide provides a framework for questioning how revenues, costs, and assets can be linked to potential project vulnerability arising from climate hazards. Meanwhile, California has burned, Iowa has suffered record flooding, and cities like Miami have been left to fend for themselves. America has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build smartly to adapt to the foreseeable impacts of climate change. The SDG Update compiles the news, commentary and upcoming events that are published on the SDG Knowledge Hub each day, delivering information on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to your inbox. They raised $400 million for a Miami Forever Bond that is pioneering a new approach to climate adaptation. Tell us here. Review how the presidential contenders would address the global challenge. Climate proofing Climate proofing refers to the explicit consideration and internalization of the risks and opportunities that alternative climate change scenarios are likely to imply for the design, operation and maintenance of infrastructure. A national resilience plan must guide how and where we invest, how businesses function, and how cities are designed and built. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. These investments will save lives and deliver economic returns. If efforts to stay above water were to fail, tourism, which supports 1.4 million jobs in Florida, also would be at risk. That is an extraordinary amount, but the cost of doing nothing would be even higher. _ Page 12 •An important step in the first element of the NAP process is to identify aspects of current development efforts that are most at risk from climate change and to climate-proof these aspects. There is an opportunity here. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. By 2025, the impact of crumbling infrastructure on lost business, higher transportation costs and other economic headwinds could wipe out $4 trillion in gross domestic product and destroy 2.5 million jobs, ASCE says. Everyone — from mayors to taxpayers, insurers to engineers, property developers to urban planners — will need to be engaged. Ban Ki-moon, chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation and Global Center on Adaptation, was the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations. It notes that adapting infrastructure to the risks of climate change reduces the loss of lives, physical damages and interruptions in critical services. Hurricane Irma in 2017 drove home this tragic vulnerability by causing $50 billion worth of damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. There is only so much a city — even as the Greater Miami Area, with its more than 6 million residents — can do to address these multiple challenges. The United States urgently needs a national plan with bipartisan support to climate-proof states and cities and to overhaul infrastructure. The plan will require unprecedented coordination among all stakeholders, especially federal, state and local governments. The guide emphasizes the development benefits of climate-proofing infrastructure. Excerpts may only be used with appropriate academic citation and a link back to the corresponding article/page used. The World Resources Institute estimates it has the largest amount of property and the fourth-largest population vulnerable to sea-level rise. Instead of trying to repair the infrastructure of the past, America could be building the resilient roads, bridges, flood-prevention systems and electricity grids we need for the future. $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment plan, Global Commission on Adaptation estimates, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. (Photo: Getty Images). Not to consider climate change when planning infrastructure means we could end up building the wrong things, in the wrong place, to the wrong standards. In 2017, residents voted to raise their own taxes to build stronger flood defenses. That would be a big waste of taxpayer dollars. Climate change today manifests itself through weather anomalies and extreme weather events which pose direct physical risks to people, assets, and infrastructure. Lender's Guide for Climate Risk in Infrastructure Investments. In its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. a D-plus. Candidates on climate change:Review how the presidential contenders would address the global challenge. © 1990-2020, IISD. Sohel Masud, Manjur Murshed Zahid Ahmed, Nandan Mukherjee, and Kiran Pandey. As a result, much of U.S. infrastructure, from highways to water pipes and energy grids, is approaching the end of its useful life. You can read diverse opinions from our Board of Contributors and other writers on the Opinion front page, on Twitter @usatodayopinion and in our daily Opinion newsletter. The guide emphasizes the development benefits of climate-proofing infrastructure. Rising ocean levels could significantly harm communities such as Pompano Beach, along the Intracoastal Waterway in Broward County, Florida.