Infrastructure relics

March 9, 2015

Deicing at Cambridge Bay Airport

Deicing at Cambridge Bay Airport – Wikimedia Commons

This winter has inconvenienced our lives in many ways but not as much as it might. In the developed world, we exert such remarkable control over our daily environment that we can easily forget how much of what we have built to protect us is tied to climate – the old climate.

We are already seeing the consequences of more frequent torrential rainstorms on municipal storm water systems that have not been designed to manage so much water in such a short period of time.

A new study suggests that changes in climate are making northern airstrips less safe.

The coming years will see more studies like this as governments, organizations and businesses come to terms with how much of today’s infrastructure is a relic of the past.