With Rising Temperatures, Infrastructure Falters

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As the western U.S. continues to bake in 100-plus degree heat, the high temperatures are making pavement buckle and power lines droop. Vicki Arroyo of the Georgetown Climate Center talks about heat’s effects on infrastructure, and how cities can adapt for increasing temperatures.

Temperatures in the low 90s created the buckling of the tracks along Conrail's North Jersey coast line, resulting in the derailment of the passenger car in the background, near Asbury Park, New Jersey (seen July 24, 1978). Credit: AP Photo © 2013 The Associated Press.

Temperatures in the low 90s created the buckling of the tracks along Conrail’s North Jersey coast line, resulting in the derailment of the passenger car in the background, near Asbury Park, New Jersey (seen July 24, 1978). Credit: AP Photo © 2013 The Associated Press.

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Vicki Arroyo
Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC

 

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