- The five warmest years in the global record have all happened since 2010.
- 2018 was the wettest fall on record since 1891.
- There’s been a 71% increase in the amount of rain during 100-year level storm events since 1950.
- Last March’s repeat Nor’easters resulted in severe flooding across Eastern MA communities. Towns’ storm water and wastewater systems were overwhelmed. Some communities even had sewage backup in their streets.
MAPC solicited our members on-the-ground knowledge and expertise to build an understanding of climate change impacts on construction in New England. This will help inform regional planning and state policy efforts to bolster its resilience. Such inquiries were whether our contractors have experienced delays, work interruptions or extension of work schedules due to weather; damage to equipment, change in insurance rates, or change in prices of raw materials; and changes in regulations and design standards in response to climate change projections.
MAPC intends to conduct several more of these discussions with different industry and occupation groups. After all of the groups are done, they will be writing a summary report that will provide general information on their findings.