INFRASTRUCTURE

The U.S. government released its Fourth National Climate Assessment report at the end of last week that shows the effects of climate change are already here – both in New England and all over the country.

Jennifer Jacobs is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and she’s the lead author on that report’s chapter on transportation and infrastructure.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Jacobs about her work and what it means for New Hampshire.

Climate change will hit the Northeast hard and soon, bringing threats to our health — and to fruit crops, ski resorts and the Atlantic cod.

Those are some conclusions from the fourth National Climate Assessment, which was released on Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — in what some see as an attempt to blunt media coverage. Thirteen federal agencies contributed to the 1,656-page report, which is mandated by law and produced every four years.

The proposed bike path in North Adams, Massachusetts, would run behind some of the houses on Chenaille Terrace.
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The public will have the chance to weigh in on a proposal this week to construct a bike path in North Adams, Massachusetts.

The rail platform at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A study of rail service options between Boston and western Massachusetts will look into plans involving high-speed trains and regular passenger rail.

The natural gas disaster that ripped through three Merrimack Valley communities in September, and the pipeline over-pressurization emergency in Woburn weeks later, have focused attention on the state’s aging gas delivery system. It is one of the oldest in the nation.

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