California’s flooding reveals we’re still building cities for the climate of the past


California has been battered by a parade of winter storms. New infrastructure must accommodate a “new normal” of intense rainfall and long droughts, which has many rethinking the decades-old data and rules used to build existing infrastructure.

On today’s episode, NPR climate correspondent Lauren Sommer walks us through three innovations that cities around the country are pioneering, in hopes of adapting to shifting and intensifying weather patterns. Featuring floodplain restoration projects by River Partners:

“It’s absolutely amazing to see, it’s designed to take that. It’s designed to flood.” says John Carlon of River Partners.

Listen to the full piece on NPR.