On September 17th, 2021, the BARC Governing Board unanimously approved a Joint Resolution to Address Climate Change, through which its member agencies committed to working with BARC staff to develop a Shared Work Plan that will advance coordinated implementation of some of the highest-priority actions identified in the key regional agency plans and platforms over the next one to five years.
An article in SFGate highlights the risks that climate change-induced hazards pose to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. In 2019, BART experienced massive systemwide delays due to mechanical problems on a very hot summer day.
A recent New York Times article highlights the massive storms that have converged over Australia in recent days, dumping three feet of rain in five days and forcing nearly 20,000 people to evacuate-- only a year after the country experienced its largest wildfires in recorded history.
An article in the New York Times today highlights the building industry's efforts to influence building codes, which are typically adopted by states and local governments every three years, often relying on influential models set by the International Code Council. These building codes protect homeowners from sustaining damage in extreme weather events, and reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
A new article in the Los Angeles Times describes the effects that sea level rise is having on California coastal communities. Sea level rise of greater than 9 feet could occur by the end of this century, in comparison with less than 9 inches in the last 100 years.
An article published today in the New York Times highlights the severe shortage of face masks in the United States during the COVID-19 epidemic, underscoring the need for a resiliency-oriented system that invests in redundancy, rather than a system built only with market-based efficiency in mind.