Eden Landing in Hayward, California

A new report reveals that 42,000 acres of wetlands in the Bay Area must be restored over the next 15 years to mitigate the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels, swelling tides and strong storms threaten billions of dollars worth of businesses, homes and infrastructure. The report, from 100-plus Bay Area scientists and 17 government agencies, warns that wetlands either need to be repaired or buffered with seawalls and levees.

Guests:
Letitia Grenier, co-director & senior scientist of the Resilient Landscapes Program, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Sam Schuchat, executive officer, The California State Coastal Conservancy

  • Bill_Woods

    An innovative idea:

    Climate activists say that between 20 million and 31 million Americans live in places that will be at risk of flooding from global warming by the end of the century. Just to be safe, I think we should aim to reduce the number of people living in these areas by 25% within 25 years, 50% within 50 years and, naturally, 100% by the end of the century.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/10/19/glenn-reynolds-tax-blue-zones-climate-change-coastal-flooding-column/74186596/

  • Ben Rawner

    Are there any areas that are not necessary to preserve to build housing on? The Bay Area has a huge housing crisis and I understand that we need to preserve certain areas, but are there places that can be developed?

    • Another Mike

      Don’t forget ground liquefaction when the Big One comes. Unless houses were built like a concrete boat, so they would be free to move when the ground starts moving.

  • Linda G-S

    Can you tell us more about the $16/parcel restoration tax that could raise something like a $ ½ billion to make a huge difference? It seems a small price to pay for a solution over the next 15 years.

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