That's the question being raised by Axios, which looks at the "floods, heat waves and wildfires across the U.S. (that) have killed dozens and reshaped entire communities from Kentucky to northern California," all leading to an inescapable conclusion: "This summer has demonstrated again and again that our infrastructure isn't sufficient to withstand today's changed climate — let alone what's on the horizon."
"We have long designed our infrastructure as if the climate conditions and extremes of the past would hold true in the future," Axios writes. "But with climate change, outlier events trend closer to the norm … In St. Louis, rainfall rates overwhelmed drainage systems and caused rivers and creeks to overflow, washing out roadways and forcing swift water rescues to be conducted.
"In Kentucky, water moved so forcefully that it pulverized school buses, washed mobile homes away and destroyed roads and bridges. Seattle set a record for its longest streak of days with highs of 90°F or greater."
- KC's View:
I mention this article because, though it specifically refers to the nation's infrastructure, I think the same questions have to be asked of businesses' infrastructure. Is your company - the stores, the warehouses, the supply chains - prepared to deal with a climate that seems to be changing faster than many expected?