A city of water: Experts explain how climate change impacts Pittsburgh’s infrastructure

Aug 9, 2021

As the climate crisis hastens, many experts believe Pittsburgh — at the center of the Rust Belt — will be a part of something new: the “waterbelt.”

In Washington, D.C., this week, lawmakers are set to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure deal that includes billions to prepare for the effects of climate change, such as flood control, river dredging, highway relocation and more. It would be the largest investment in climate resilience in the nation’s history. And it would be timely, as the United Nations on Monday released its own report calling climate change a “code red for humanity.”

At the top of many experts’ lists on how climate change affects Pittsburgh is flooding. They echoed that more precipitation because of climate change leads to more extreme floods — a challenge for  the region’s aging stormwater management system.

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