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Hurricane Irene (2011)

Climate change is here [Editorial]

Climate change is here [Editorial]

No matter who or what is ultimately deemed responsible for last week's dramatic landslide that caused a major portion of East 26th Street to collapse onto adjoining CSX tracks, it's clear that unusually heavy rains played a role. The hillside was destabilized, at least in part, by a torrential downpour that brought as much rain in a few days as Baltimore normally sees in the entire month of April.

What's worrisome is that this vulnerability — a city's aging infrastructure pitted against unusually severe weather — is likely to become an even greater problem in the future. At least that's one of the concerns raised this week by the National Climate...