Climate Change Report Warns of Devastation

Facility managers will deal with effects of increased fires and flooding

November 27, 2018

A new U.S, government report released late last week details the devastating effects of climate change, bringing to attention the challenges facility managers will face in the coming years.

The report is from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a team of 13 federal agencies, and was put together with the help of 300 leading scientists. It found without significant reductions in greenhouse emissions, the annual average global temperature could increase 9 degrees Fahrenheit or more by the end of this century.

This temperature change will affect the daily maintenance of facilities, forcing managers to prepare for more instances of fires and flooding. In forest areas, the report found wildfire seasons could burn up to six times more land annually by 2050, damaging buildings in the vicinity. On the coasts, facilities and public infrastructure are threatened by rising sea levels, flooding, and storm surges, which will affect US$1 trillion in national wealth held in real estate. Sea levels have already gone up 7 to 8 inches since 1900, with almost half that rise occurring since 1993.

Pest control will be more crucial than ever, with mosquito- and tick-borne diseases expected to more than double by 2050 due to increasing temperatures.


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