Portions of New Jersey and New York are almost completely underwater because of Superstorm Sandy and now Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says because of climate change a similar storm in our city is almost inevitable.
The mayor hopes to see actual protections up and running in two to five years. And he hopes to have a long term plan in place even after he leaves office.
Just minutes from the Boston Harbor, Mark Hicks runs Clipper Ship Wine and Spirits along the Greenway in East Boston.
Along with a change in the neighborhood, Hicks says he’s seeing other changes that could be problematic because of global warming.
“I have seen water come up to the edge of the bank, not over the bank yet, but it has been getting higher and higher,” he said.
In the latest Climate Ready Boston report, Walsh says the risk of rising sea levels, extreme temperatures, and major storms is already here, threatening Boston’s way of life and the economy.
He’s pushing forward with a plan to protect the city near term and long term, by creating a task force, education initiatives, and even new standards for buildings that may be able to withstand a major natural disaster.
Aside from preparing all city sectors for climate change, the mayor hopes to create more jobs through this process.
The next phase of this ongoing study will focus on Charlestown and East Boston.