Coping with Heat and Rising Water Levels: “The Pacific Northwest is the best region in the United States for escaping the brunt of climate change,” stated Vivek Shandas, Portland State University

Cities with Resiliency

“Climate change continues to bring about one disaster after the next,” wrote Eve Danzeisen in an article published on

“In a month alone, an onslaught of five hurricanes hit regions of the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria have wrecked entire cities, destroying infrastructure, homes, and lives.  Hurricane Lee now threatens to follow.

“Some U.S. cities have made and/or are making an attempt to confront these disasters. A new report from Business Insider, based on contributing factors such as policy, community organization, and infrastructure, lists the 13 most livable cities to escape climate disasters.”

Where are the Safe Havens?

Erin-Brodwin_Science-Insider_trimmed_120p“A safe haven sounds like a good idea right about now,” wrote Erin Brodwin, senior writer with Business Insider Science. “Which places does that leave? According to climate scientists and urban planners, not a lot.

“Still, there are some cities with a better chance of surviving the onslaught of a warmer planet.”

Look to the Pacific Northwest!

“There are places that might at least temper the effects of climate change,” she quoted Vivek Shandas, an urban-planning professor at Portland State University.

Vivek Shanda_PSU_120p“The Pacific Northwest is the best US region for escaping the brunt of climate change,” Shandas told Eva Brodwin.

“Cities in the area aren’t perfect — he said they have ‘other challenges’ — but ‘their infrastructure tends to be newer and more resilient to major shocks,’ he added. That’s key when it comes to coping with heat and rising water.

“Seattle is one of the most ‘well positioned’ of these cities, Shandas said.”

To Learn More:

To read the complete article published by Business Insider in September 2017, download The best US cities to live in to escape the worst effects of climate change.