Engineering and Infrastructure In A Collapsing Climate
Roads, energy systems and other infrastructure on which society depends for many of its needs is increasingly being endangered by the growing impacts of rapid and often threatening changes in the planet’s climate. Mikhail Chester , a Fulton Schools professor civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, says it has become critical to start redesigning and rebuilding public facilities to withstand the severe stresses being put on the them. But our basic approaches to building must also change in response to a new environmental reality. Chester says it may now be preferable in some circumstances to build infrastructure that fails — but fails in ways that will make the destruction less deadly than the more potentially catastrophic failure of existing structures impacted by climate change.