Apparently, every year half the world’s population travel through major airports, many of whom are near coastlines and modeled before the largely global acceptance of climate change. Climate change is demanding longer runways due to decreasing air density with better mixed tarmac mixtures to mitigate the increased heat indexes. Delays and cancellations due to weather related events are on the are on the rise in air ports, and at a certain point rising landing strips to fight against storm surges isn’t going to solve anything, just slowing down the impending consequences. Governments and organizations like CAPA Center for Aviation understand over a trillion dollars in capital investment cannot be easily attained, especially with costs of the new airports that will need to be made further inland. The Brussels based agency Eurocontrol has listed dozens of European cities specifically at risk due to historical maritime establishments. It is noted that planes electronics on board will increasingly fail more often as average heat temperatures rise. Too much attention and funds will be subverted from bigger U.S. foreign policy concerns like war and famine if reserve protectorate airports are not built in safe locations before existing ones are taken over by nature. The Trump administration must accept that climate change is not a hoax designed by the Chinese, stay apart of necessary international climate agreements, invest in predictive infrastructure developments as much as military expansions. It is likely that weight restrictions will also begin to be imposed on flights due to runway size. If airports lose too much money, too many companies can go bankrupt with low incentive and high risk for new actors to take the vacant spots; this particulate example shows how many climate changes to come will affect us all not just socially but economically. It is too weak of an argument that we are too late to our own demise, we have no certainty of that claim and we have nothing better to do than try our best to save everything we know.

  • Daniel Levay

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/business/airports-climate-change-global-warming.html