You don’t have to choose sides between President Trump and Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to agree that a massive recovery effort looms for the U.S. territory — and for Anguilla, Barbuda, the Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Turks and Caicos.
And you don’t have to ascribe any particular weather event to climate change (as we’re too-constantly reminded not to do) to recognize the frequency, intensity and cost of natural disasters is going up. Whatever the cause, the effects are here.
Even among climate-change activists, climate adaptation has taken a back seat to “mitigation,” or efforts to reduce carbon emissions and thus slow climate change itself. But even before Hurricane Maria, this season’s storms made clear the urgency of finding financing solutions for climate resilience.
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