Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Climate Adaptation: Evidence from Holland

What can the Dutch teach us?  Erzo G. J. Luttmer has taught me plenty of economics and has been my friend for 25 years.  His cousin, Erzo F. P. Luttmer, has taught me plenty over the 15 years that I've known him and read his stuff.   My co-author Nils Kok teaches me plenty and my friend Piet Eichholtz always offers wisdom.  That's everyone I know from that nation but I calculate that the four of them represent 12% of the nation's total population.   Today, the NY Times has a great piece on what coastal cities can learn about with regards to flood control from the Dutch experience.    This is human ingenuity at its best. I'm sorry to say that we aren't doomed!