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Amid climate havoc, rebuild for resilience

San Francisco Chronicle Struck by two hurricanes enhanced by climate change, our urge is to rapidly assist, fix and rebuild. A more thoughtful response should also address what exactly should be fixed, and how and where to rebuild in a more resilient fashion. This not only relates to the effects of the recent storms in Texas and Florida; it is also true of the wildfires burning across California and the Western United States. Even though we call these 1-in-100-year or even 1-in-500-year events, climate change is increasing the damage and loss they produce, making significant losses a 1-in-5-year or 1-in-10-year-type occurrence. The typical response — quick rebuilds — is attractive to constru

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