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Rising tide of warnings for all our main cities must worry planners

Caroline O'Doherty


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Planning for worst-case scenarios depends on a lot of 'ifs'.

In a climate-change context, that means if temperature rise is as fast as feared, if actions are insufficient to halt it, if the consequences are as drastic as predicted, and if we can't protect ourselves from those outcomes.

If - two little letters which lie between comfort and chaos. It's such a small word with such huge implications that it is tempting to push it aside and adopt the far more appealing 'it might never happen' attitude.