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Hurricane Sandy

How to Finance Resilient Power: Emerging Models Post-Sandy

November 4, 2014 by Lewis Milford

It's been two years since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. It knocked out electric grids and left millions of people to suffer for weeks without power in public housing, senior centers, hospitals and shelters. But with respect to power outages, there is some good news that came out of the disaster.[read more]

New York's Underused Water Infrastructure Funds Can Support Climate Resiliency

August 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Despite the nearly two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy came onshore and caused unprecedented damage across the Northeast region, there are many communities are still in the long and arduous process of rebuilding and recovering.[read more]

How Con Edison Effectively Relied on Social Media to Reach Customers During Superstorm Sandy

August 3, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Con Edison and Social Media

Like all forms of media, social networks include information that runs the gamut from gossip and mindless twaddle to statements from world leaders and crucial real-time updates about developing situations. The following is an interesting example of the latter.[read more]

Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

July 31, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.[read more]

US Strategic Gasoline Reserve: Solution or Band-Aid?

June 2, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The recent announcement that the US Department of Energy would establish a strategic gasoline stockpile to serve the Northeast was at least partly a response to calls for such a reserve in the aftermath of the fuel distribution problems caused by “Superstorm” Sandy in 2012.[read more]

Floodwaters are Gone but not Forgotten: Lessons Learned from Sandy

April 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Flooding and Climate Change

 

We can help ourselves to be better prepared for a changing climate, by incorporating the insights science offers us about what kinds of changes to expect – for example, so coastal cities can plan and take better steps to prepare for changing risks from storm flooding.[read more]

New Jersey Must Consider Climate Change Risks in Recovery Programs

March 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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New Jersey and Climate Change

Extreme weather events in recent years have made states throughout the country rethink how investments in communities can make them more resilient to future storms and other types of natural disasters. There is no clearer example of this than in New York and New Jersey.[read more]

3 Ways Superstorm Sandy Could Change Utilities Forever

November 9, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

A year after Sandy, the utilities that suffered the most damage and the longest outages have been taken to task by politicians and regulators. The starkest example is Long Island Power Authority, which was stripped down, privatized and will now be run by PSE&G.[read more]

Sandy Anniversary a Reminder of the Need for Better Protections 

October 31, 2013 by Dan Huber
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Building resilience to the impacts of major coastal storms like Sandy, and to other types of extreme weather, will require a commitment to better protect infrastructure and implement policies to help get people out of harm’s way.[read more]

Superstorm Sandy's Link To Climate Change: ‘The Case Has Strengthened’

October 30, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy killed more than 100 people and inflicted an estimated $65 billion in damages. Now a study by NOAA researchers finds that climate-change related increases in sea level have nearly doubled today’s annual probability of a Sandy-level flood recurrence as compared to 1950.[read more]

Building Up Natural Defenses Against the Next Hurricane

October 20, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Natural Hurricane Defenses

Last year around this time, the night Superstorm Sandy hit, I barely made it out of New York’s JFK Airport for a work trip to California -- on one of the last planes to leave before the airport shut down. It was a strange feeling, heading away from my home as the storm barreled in.[read more]

One Year After Sandy, the Need to Safeguard Energy Systems and Climate Remains

October 18, 2013 by Kit Kennedy
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Hurricanes and Energy Infrastructure

The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy brings back acute personal memories for me and my family, memories we will not soon forget. My elderly father-in-law was without power in Manhattan for almost a week. And to bring him food, we climbed up 26 flights in the dark.[read more]

Preparing for a Stormy Future: Obama's Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

August 24, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Recently, multiple Obama Administration agencies released their remarkably dense and useful report on the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, covering activities to-date and planned. 69 recommendations, and their status are detailed in its 200+ pages.[read more]

Electrical Grid Woes and the Rise of Edge-Power Players

March 20, 2013 by Steven Collier
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Increasingly frequent and severe weather events have starkly illuminated weaknesses in the 20th century electric grid. But problems with the grid go beyond susceptibility to failure during severe weather events.[read more]

Insurance Industry Ill-Prepared for Climate Change Risks and Impacts

March 15, 2013 by Tom Schueneman
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extreme weather events

US insurance companies are well aware of the rising costs of increasingly frequent and more intense extreme weather events. Yet most are ill-prepared.[read more]