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812 Million Ways Louisiana Could Have Made Itself More Resilient

October 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Louisiana Preparedness


A report released last week has revealed that the State of Louisiana has failed to make use of $812 million in disaster mitigation money it was given to make its communities more resilient and better prepared for floods, storms, sea level rise, and hurricanes.[read more]

Resiliency+: Smart Grid Technologies and the Benefits of Two-Way Communication

September 19, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Grid Communication

It’s September, fall is just around the corner, and with it comes the second anniversary of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. A smarter and much more efficient electric grid should be on the minds of all New Jerseyans. Unfortunately, it is not.[read more]

Building Infrastructure Resiliency Starts With Creative Problem-Solving

August 6, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

We have significant infrastructure problems in the US. Long neglect of investment in infrastructure has left it crumbling. It is sometimes easy to witness in rusting bridges or potholed road surfaces. But deterioration in electric, water, and natural gas distribution systems go unseen until catastrophe strikes.[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]

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

July 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Resiliency and State Funding

Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair.[read more]

Obama Announces New Disaster Planning Guidance That Will Make States and Communities Better Prepared for Climate Change

July 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced that states will soon be required to consider the projected effects of climate change when planning and preparing for natural disasters. The requirement will be implemented in a revision to the FEMA guidance for “state hazard mitigation plans.”[read more]

Obama Administration Recognizes the Climate-Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure

July 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As we‘ve seen play out in communities across the U.S., the impacts of climate change are already here. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Western states, California’s drought is only intensifying, and extreme storms have caused flooding and heavy winds from the East Coast to the Rockies.[read more]

Obama Plan Helps Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather Brought on by Climate Change

July 18, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Resiliency

New Yorkers remember all too well the alarm we felt as Superstorm Sandy pounded our city. Apartment buildings and hospitals were swamped, and entire neighborhoods went without power for days. And city officials and residents wondered: will we be ready next time?[read more]

Can the Energy Sector Become a Climate Resiliency Leader?

March 16, 2014 by Peter Gardett

Energy Sector Resiliency

The energy industry has the opportunity to become a leader rather than a laggard on climate change risk analysis by embracing the evaluation of risks and applying its significant financial and management resources to the improvement of climate resiliency.[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

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]

Preparing Our Metro Regions for a Stormy Future

October 24, 2013 by Deron Lovaas

Cities and Extreme Weather

Cities and counties in New York and nationwide face the daunting challenge of climate preparedness. Settlements in coastal areas are vulnerable to slow-moving sea-level rise and fast and vicious storm surges, with those in flood plains vulnerable in different ways. Are we ready?[read more]

After Sandy, States Must Prepare for Climate Change

October 22, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Hurricane Sandy and Resiliency

Unfortunately, most states rely almost exclusively on historical data to estimate the frequency and severity of future natural disasters when planning for future natural disasters. But as our climate warms, we can no longer assume that our past experience is an accurate gauge for future disasters.[read more]