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Ten-City Project Boosts Demand for Architects to Meet New Challenges with Old Buildings

February 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Hurricane Sandy brought home what scientists had been saying for years: Cities need to get ready for the destructive effects of climate change. A year and a half later, resilience and adaptation are high on government agendas, but the root problem — carbon emissions — is as stubborn as ever.[read more]

Another Voice Says Most States Are Not Preparing for Climate Change

November 23, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change and State Adaptation

As a Columbia alum and someone who has written extensively about climate preparedness, I was pleasantly surprised when my alma mater’s Center for Climate Change Law recently released a report rating all 50 states’ planning for climate change impacts.[read more]

Facing Scary Facts: How Will We Pay for Climate Preparedness?

November 14, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Paying for Preparation

A changing climate poses challenges for towns, cities and communities around the world. If, like me, you live on the coast you can look forward to slowly rising sea levels and bursts of more intense flooding and storm activity. Unfortunately, planning for a starkly different future isn’t the norm.[read more]

Resilient Cities from Ahmedabad to Atlantic City Actively Prepare for Climate Change

November 6, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

City Resiliency

President Obama’s executive order calling for federal agencies to build resilience against extreme weather is a fitting response on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Climate change knows no boundaries, and key efforts at all levels of government are critical.[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]

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]