Newsweek: Are You Ready for More?

July 5, 2011

In the June 6 Newsweek cover story – "Are you ready for more?" – reporter Sharon Begley discusses how freak storms are the new normal, and how we're unprepared for a future with a changing climate.

Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, says one of the reasons we're unprepared is the little attention that has been paid to adaptation.

"There are no true adaptation experts in the federal government, let alone states or cities,” says Arroyo. “They’ve just been commandeered from other departments.”

Terri Cruce, a climate consultant that works with the Center, points out that only 14 states are planning, let alone implementing, climate-change adaptation plans.

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