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One Year Later: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

One Year Later: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Superstorm Sandy — part hurricane, part fearsome nor’easter — battered the Eastern U.S. in October 2012. The storm brought a record storm surge to New York City and the New Jersey Shore, killing 159 and causing an estimated $65 billion in damage. The megastorm drove home the vulnerability of coastal cities like New York to sea level rise and storm … Read More

Experts Say Sandy Showed Limits of an Accurate Forecast

Experts Say Sandy Showed Limits of an Accurate Forecast

Yet Sandy also demonstrated the frustrating limitations of an accurate forecast. Despite the advanced notice and the huge threat it posed everywhere from Massachusetts to Maryland, the storm still killed 159 people, including 44 within New York City alone. Most of the New York victims drowned from coastal flooding.… Read More

New Method Could Provide Heat Wave Early Warnings

New Method Could Provide Heat Wave Early Warnings

The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday, shows that long-lasting, intense heat waves in the U.S. - which are becoming more common and severe due to manmade global warming - tend to be preceded by a particular jet stream configuration. By looking for these patterns, weather forecasters could improve their chances of accuratel… Read More

Amazon Rainforest is ‘at Higher Risk of Tree Loss’

Amazon Rainforest is ‘at Higher Risk of Tree Loss’

Researchers say the southern part of the Amazon rainforest is at a far higher risk of dieback than the models used in the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The research team, led by Professor Rong Fu of the University of Texas, say that this is because the forest is drying out much quicker than projected. … Read More

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Report: Wildfires & Air Pollution, A Hidden Hazard

Across the American West, climate change has made snow melt earlier, spring and summers hotter, and fire seasons longer. One result has been a doubling since 1970 of the number of large wildfires raging each year. And depending on the rate of future warming, the number of big wildfires in western states could increase as much as six-fold over the… Read More

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

Rockaways Eyeing Microgrids in Time for Next Hurricane

As part of New York City’s climate change response plan, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” issued earlier this year, one of the city’s suggestions to help the Rockaways survive the next hurricane is for the peninsula to become the site of a microgrid pilot project that will help keep the lights on at hospitals, schools and other critical infr… Read More

Australia’s Bushfires and the Role of Climate Change

Australia’s Bushfires and the Role of Climate Change

Bushfires that started earlier this week in Australia continue to burn around Sydney. The blazes have burned more than 143,000 acres as of Wednesday. Early signs suggest that these fires are in line with what to expect in a warming world, though there’s still work yet to done to determine the exact connection. Weather in New South Wales, where the… Read More

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth … Read More