“Climate change is going to be the biggest thing we have to deal with, but it’s never going to be the only problem,” Bruce Riordan, who leads the Climate Readiness Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, told Business Insider. “If your city is already suffering from other problems – subways that get flooded whenever there’s a big storm, a faulty power grid – it’s going to be a lot harder. How do you muster the resources to plan for sea-level rise when you’re just trying to keep your city, pardon the pun, afloat?”
Still, some American cities have a slightly better chance of surviving the onslaught of climate change, Vivek Shandas, an urban-planning professor at Portland State University, told Business Insider. These areas are your best bet for avoiding the worst effects of a warmer planet.