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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

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Foliage Season Under Fire from Climate Change

Clocks aren’t the only things falling back at this time of year. The start to foliage season is also on the move, with the season starting later and later in the U.S. since 1982. Other threats from climate change could also cost states that rely on the billions from leaf peepers in lost tourism revenues and have ecological impacts that extend well … Read More

The Shutdown, Toxic Fracking Fluid, Aussie Heat & More

The Shutdown, Toxic Fracking Fluid, Aussie Heat & More

The ripples of the government shutdown are felt, while new visuals of Sandy amaze and hot and rainy weather abound.… Read More

Hurricane Sandy: Coverage of the Storm and its Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy: Coverage of the Storm and its Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy heads for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, where it threatens to cause widespread damage rivaling the biggest storms on record in the region, it is evolving into a potentially unprecedented storm. The storm is part hurricane, part fearsome nor’easter, and as the result of a bizarre confluence of events it has been been pinned … Read More

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

Risk of Sandy-Level Flood in NYC Has Doubled Since 1950

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a new study points to the rapidly escalating risk of Sandy-magnitude flooding events in the New York City area due to global sea level rise. The study, published Thursday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, found that sea level rise during the 1950 to 2012 period has alr… Read More

Sea Level Rise to Play Bigger Role in NYC Storms: Study

Sea Level Rise to Play Bigger Role in NYC Storms: Study

Hurricane Sandy caused upward of $60 billion in damage including an estimated $19 billion in damage and economic losses in New York City alone. Sea level rise played a relatively minor role in contributing to these losses. However, a new study finds that that might not be the case for future storms, even those that pack less of a punch than Sandy.… Read More

Natural Barriers Protect Our Coasts Best, Say Researchers

Natural Barriers Protect Our Coasts Best, Say Researchers

The best thing to protect property from the sea is a sand dune – or a mangrove swamp, or a coral reef, kelp forest or sea grass meadow. Nature, which has been doing the job for three billion years, has had time to work out the surest and most enduring sea defenses, according to U.S. researchers. Katie Arkema of the Natural Capital Project at … Read More

Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study

Hurricanes Likely to Get Stronger & More Frequent: Study

For a while, it appeared that climate scientists had reached a consensus view on this topic, despite lingering uncertainties, finding that in most ocean basins, tropical cyclones are likely to become less frequent as the world warms, but that the storms that do occur are likely to contain stronger winds and heavier rains. This view was expressed mo… Read More