WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - As flooding continues to ravage parts of Colorado, the University of Waterloo in Canada has a climate change adaptation expert willing to discuss how once-rare weather events such as these pose a substantial risk to the US economy.
Professor Thistlethwaite has identified simple, practical and meaningful modifications to existing infrastructure that will mitigate much of the damage we are seeing this week due to flooding.
"Modest investments in our infrastructure can save millions of dollars in damages and save lives," said Professor Jason Thistlethwaite, head of the Climate Change Adaptation Project at Waterloo. "Without these investments, the federal government and U.S. taxpayers are exposed to a considerable liability as the National Flood Insurance Program increases its exposure to debt. "
Professor Jason Thistlethwaite
University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment
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