So maybe it’s not a renewable energy project per se, but it is a warning. When it comes to climate change and how it is going to affect our world and how we inhabit that world, we like numbers. I want to know what is going to happen and how bad it’s going to get. Last August Zillow published an analysis of just how many homes would be washed out and underwater due to climate change and rising sea levels. Across the US they put the number at roughly 2 million with a total value of just under a trillion dollars in real estate. Doesn’t sound too bad? But think about it… that is land that is never coming back, it is lost permanently. That is also just under 2% of the total housing stock of the country. Lets also for a second consider that if it’s 2 million homes, that probably represents 8 million people, that would be the same as trying to re-house all of New York City. Just think about that for a bit. From a risk management perspective, we need to address how to better live within our environment, and we need to address climate change.
Spend a little time going through our environmental resources section to find out more. The image above, by the way, is the flooding in Charleston October 2015.