Effects of Hurricane Sandy

As New York and New Jersey continue to recover from the Superstorm Sandy’s devastation, focus is shifting to ensuring that the right lessons are learned. The elephant that Sandy let back in the room, of course, is climate change. Man-made or not, scientists point to the predictable increase in frequency and severity of storms such as Sandy. Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, and Governor Christie, for their parts, have all acknowledged the threat of climate change and stated their belief that evidence of human influence is being born out. Poor land-use decisions and inadequately designed infrastructure served to enhance the damage wrought by Sandy. In the need for recovery and reinvention however is an opportunity to tackle 21st century problems and emerge from tragedy stronger, and smarter. 

Hurricane Sandy Damage Amplified By Breakneck Development of Coast

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The Huffington Post explores unheeded warnings and questionable land use practices in the decades leading to the Sandy disaster. Transportation and utility systems were shown to be painfully vulnerable. Residents look forward to rebuilding and recovery plans that reflect environmentally intelligent planning. 

Clean energy and the deeper meaning of hurricane Sandy 

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Cleantech development has been propelled forward for many reasons, emissions reduction among them. In the wake of Sandy, another reason pulls into focus: grid resiliency. Crippling power outages in New York and New Jersey were among the storms worst effects. Putting in place distributed generation capacity, for which renewable sources are well-suited, can help a region keep the lights on. 

Obama Will Start Second Term with Unfinished Climate Business

http://tinyurl.com/avj3uhv

As California becomes the first state to open a full-fledged carbon market, speculation mounts over the roll climate issues will play in Obama’s second term. With Hurricane Sandy’s $50 billion dollar price tag fresh in the mind of federal policymakers, Bloomberg looks at policy actions the administration could take to encourage emissions reduction and economic growth.

– Ben Groff 

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