Y’know that nursery rhyme that goes, “London Bridge is falling down?” Well, here’s a new one: “The Eiffel Tower is flooding now.” That’s right, folks. The Seine River in Paris is flooding big time.
Hurricane Sandy was a seminal event in New York—its floodwaters and destruction left an imprint on a generation. But the future of flooding in the city isn’t just storms. It’s storms combined with inexorable rise of seas if we continue polluting the atmosphere with carbon.
ATLANTA—Two to three times a year, heavy rain and backed-up raw sewage flood a block of Peoplestown, Atlanta. Stormwater collects on the highly-impervious concrete buildup of the intersecting interstates 20 and 75/85 just north and flows downhill where it pools on the residential street. Enough rain can bring foul…