Our warming planet: We need tougher building codes, better roads for climate changes future by The Anniston Star Editorial Board Anniston Star Dec 26, 2012 Science cannot conclusively tell us if the Christmas Day outbreaks of violent weather that touched Alabama and other parts of the Southeast are directly attributed to global climate change. However, science is on firm ground when it notes that more weather extremes like what we saw Tuesday will be a byproduct of a warming planet. The answer to the oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question, Kevin E. Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., told the Los Angeles Times. All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be.... Read more: Anniston Star - Local News, Business, Sports, Events, Blogs, Videos, Podcasts BINGO! the article then goes on a bit mentioning rather than discussing the shorter term public policy that needs to start being enacted nationally. The big thing, from my perspective is that we need to look out and see further out than most civil engineering is used to routinely considering, especially in a changing environment situation. Looking out a century, coastal areas need to anticipate 2-3 meters of sealevel rises and increased storm intensity and surge. In areas of increased drought, water capture and storage systems to help communities. A robust, modern, expandable national power grid, and can we get distribution systems in the ground, in sealed, accessible systems?. There are certainly a lot of ways to go with a multiple focus perspective looking at civic projects, zoning, commercial and industrial property, and certainly residential neighborhoods and properties.