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Planning for Climate Change: 5 Ideas to prevent flooding in New York

Planning for Climate Change: 5 Ideas to prevent flooding in New York | adapting to climate change | Scoop.it
It's time to start seriously planning for climate change in the city.

 

New York City didn’t have to flood quite this badly, or, at least, it doesn’t have to again. There's no shortage of ideas out there for how the city could adapt to rising sea levels (or, we’ll just say it: climate change). A lot of them haven’t been deployed or more seriously studied because they seem too expensive or daunting.

 

But an event like Sandy quickly changes that calculus. Suddenly, some of these solutions don’t look quite as expensive as cleaning up after a hurricane...


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The infinite win | Making our future sustainable

The infinite win | Making our future sustainable | adapting to climate change | Scoop.it

Changing Africa: Kenya's parliament recently requested that farmers put 10% of their farmland under tree cover. Rwanda announced in February a program to reverse the degradation of its soil, water, land and forest resources by 2035. Development partners like the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility have invested millions of dollars in improving the management of ecosystems to protect livelihoods, biodiversity, water access, and other vital services. The World Resources Institute has painstakingly mapped over 450 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes in Africa that could be restored

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Climate Change and Sustainability

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I'll let the comic (by Pulitzer cartoonist Joel Pett) speak for itself. 


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Mr. David Burton's comment, April 16, 2012 9:19 PM
That's funny!
Seth Dixon's comment, April 16, 2012 10:01 PM
Too funny to keep to myself.
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Rio plus 20 and Habitat III: World's cities to take center stage at conferences

Neal R. Peirce: Greater global sustainability starts with "bottom-up approaches." 

 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presses the point even more forcefully. Speaking at an event at U.N. headquarters on Dec. 15, Bloomberg championed a major role for cities at Rio plus 20, specifically including mayors on national delegations.

 

Even as national and global efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions have faltered, Bloomberg said, cities across continents have moved aggressively to the "forefront of climate change action." And that matters hugely, he suggested, since burning of carbon fuels by cities not only accounts for an overwhelming 70 percent of global greenhouse emissions, but "clogs our city streets, pollutes our air, harms the health and shortens the lives of the people we serve."

 

The mayor, who also chairs the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, noted New York's pacesetting "PlanNYC" -- the "greenprint" for his city's future. But he pointed as well to significant carbon reduction efforts in such cities as Lagos, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Berlin and Seoul.

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