Damage from floods in the United States takes the lives of more than 100 people and costs $8 billion in damage every year. A combination of urbanization, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events make flooding more common and the need for resilient infrastructure more pressing.
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Climate action will not happen by the will of political leaders, monied interests, or apathetic citizens. As Robert Kennedy once said: Each time a (person) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples, build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." What Greta Thunberg and others like her have started, we can all finish together.
Already, nearly a billion people live with daily water stress. For the rest of us it is too easy to take access to clean water for granted. That's a bad idea in the best of circumstances, but the knock-on impacts of climate change throughout the global environment portend a world of water shortages for all of us - unless we do something now to head off a growing crisis.
Climate change, as we now experience it, isn't just about belching smokestacks and tailpipes on the highway. One of the leading sources of anthropogenic carbon emissions is from industrial farming. Fortunately, sustainable agriculture will not only reduce emissions, but ultimately increase yields in a changing climate.