Whether it’s an example of climate change or just temperamental Mother Nature, the evidence of more extreme weather is mounting in Louisville and across the nation. And city officials and business leaders are taking their first steps to prepare for what some scientists predict could be even dodgier consequences ahead.
That includes identifying some of the weather threats, ramping up the emergency-response system, buying out some residents of flood-prone areas, introducing green infrastructure such as plant-covered roofs, and launching an effort to cool the city by restoring the vastly depleted tree canopy.
And a new, long-range planning effort called Vision Louisville will attempt to factor in climate change, city officials said.
Much of that work is being done without direct reference to global warming.
Note: Taking a cue from the nation, much of my future work will be done without direct reference to global warming.