Part of the work of this project is educating each other about what’s going on and what we can do about it. Below, we’ve begun collecting and organizing resources that highlight recent scientific findings related to how climate change and global warming may affect NYC, as well as articles highlighting how other locales are or are thinking about addressing similar concerns.
First, see where you fit in.
JAN 8, 2018: Do you live in the areas of Queens that would be flooded out if sea levels rise to a catastrophic point?, QNS, By Angela Matua.
“A new Google Earth plugin allows users to explore how rising sea levels would affect their neighborhoods and the tool shows that large swaths of Queens would be completely flooded.”
The State of Affairs
OCT 24, 2017: Scientists predict NYC could see bad flooding every 5 years due to global warming, NY Daily News, The Associate Press.
“Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.”
OCT 24, 2017: NYC Can Expect More Frequent Sandy-Level Storms In The Future, Study Says, Gothamist, By Rebecca Fishbein
“With New York City still recovering from damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy five years later, a new report predicts the city can expect quite a few more devastating hurricanes in the future thanks to warming in Antarctica, and other effects of climate change.”
Jan 7, 2018: In New York, Drawing Flood Maps Is a ‘Game of Inches’, New York Times.
“The new models, for coastal areas stretching from Cape May to the Hudson Valley, will be used to shape the city’s future zoning, development and building standards to help it become more sustainable. As a result, FEMA and city officials say, New York could be an example for other places around the country.
But the maps will also be shaped by the history of New York, where 80 percent of properties were built before the current flood maps and requirements were in place, as opposed to 20 percent nationally, noted J. Andrew Martin, acting chief of FEMA’s risk analysis branch in New York. If those older buildings end up in high-risk zones, their owners could be required to buy flood insurance or make expensive modifications, adding costs that are beyond the reach of many working-class homeowners.”
OCT 27, 2017: Trump administration sits isolated on multiple climate fronts, Weekly Climate Review.
“Just 10 days away from the U.N.’s 2017 climate summit in Bonn, Germany, U.S. President Donald Trump sits more isolated than ever from a world increasingly committed to fight global warming.”
AUG 31, 2016: Long Island City’s rapid development captured in before and after photos, Curbed. By Tanay Warerkar
“Long Island City has seen so much rapid development in the last few years, that mini neighborhoods within the neighborhood like Hunters Point are experiencing development booms in their own right. There are dozens of projects that have recently opened, others that are nearing completion, and others still that are in various stages of construction. The apartment search website, RENTCafé is now looking at some of the development sites that were at the forefront of this development push in a series of before and after photos.”
DEC 9, 2017: City cashing in by selling streets, sidewalks to private owners, New York Post. By Anna Sanders.
“The city is literally selling itself. Public streets and sidewalks are routinely sold to institutions and deep-pocketed real estate interests in a little-known practice that takes them off the official City Map and transforms them into private property. The city got more than $35 million from nine street deals in the past four years, according to the Law Department.”
DEC 15, 2017: Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School, NPR, By Haley Samsel.
“Amidst the trauma and destruction [of recent natural disasters], school districts across the U.S. have shouldered a heavy burden: trying to help their students catch up after missing days, weeks and even months of class time.”
Seeking Sustainable Solutions
JUNE 15, 2017: The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching. NYTimes,
OCT 2, 2017: 12 Innovative Post-Sandy Projects Built to Withstand Future Storms, DNAInfo, By Amy Zimmer
“As sea level rise increases the impact severe storms like Superstorm Sandy have on New York, the city’s architects are designing buildings that are more resilient than even building codes require.”
SEPT 19, 2017: Chicago is Taking the Charge on Climate, Medium, Chicago Mayor’s Office: The Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Climate change is real. On Monday, Mayor Emanuel met mayors and urban leaders from around the world at the C40 Cities Talks in New York, where he announced Chicago would host the first North American Climate Summit and the C40 Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards on December 4–5.