Thu, Apr 10, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

The Commonwealth Club: Climate One

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Rising Seas, Rising Costs -- Swelling sea levels used to be a concern associated with future generations and faraway lands. Then Superstorm Sandy poured the Atlantic Ocean into the New York Subway. Cities and states are starting to realize that they need to start planning and paying now for tides heading their way. San Francisco officials have plans to route the Great Highway inland, and they need to start thinking about protecting wastewater treatment plants and other non-sexy, but vital infrastructure. Coastal armoring would help protect some city assets and private property, but would create problems for neighbors up and down the coast. The show presents a conversation about the coming costs of protecting San Francisco's way of life in a world increasingly defined by climate disruption. Guests include Alicia Aguirre, Redwood City Councilwoman and member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Laura Tam, sustainable development policy director for SPUR; and Larry Goldzband, executive director of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

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