A tip of the hat to the fine folks at The Verge for their catch of a Washington Post article about how climate change is affecting homes in Chicago. It finally motivated me to get some thoughts down on paper about climate change in SF.
This summer I’ve been watching the Years of Living Dangerously on Showtime with my family, and in a nutshell the show is about the fact that climate change is happening now and is already impacting the world. The days of climate change being on “the horizon” are gone, and we are now living in a world where human activities have impacted the climate on a global scale.
It isn’t if.
It isn’t when.
It is now.
What can we expect in San Francisco because of climate change? Is the current drought we are in the “new normal” or will more extreme cycles of wet/dry be the norm? After several dry years, if we were to have a wet year how many homes would be ready for the sudden arrival of copious quantities of rain? How many recent home buyers would have flooding they didn’t expect?
Will climate change make SF cooler in the summer (because our marine layer of cool air is driven by hot air rising in the central valley of California)? Or, will our average temperature go up? Will climate change bring new pests that will start to eat our homes or lawns that weren’t previously an issue in San Francisco? When sea level rises, will SF be ready, or will low lying neighborhoods find themselves slowly submerged?
Climate change is real. How do you think it will impact San Francisco homes?