While New Jersey got the brunt of Superstorm Sandy a month ago, residents along the coastline of Connecticut got extensive damage as well. There are still people without power and heat or their homes were destroyed--even more than from Hurricane Katrina. The question is how big will other storms be in our future and can we handle it?
See the clip from last night's Nightly News with Brian Williams.
The New York Times article published on Sunday, November 25 referenced in the clip makes the strong point that with climate change proceeding at this rate may change the face of the cities we know today. See an excerpt below.
Is This the End?
By JAMES ATLAS
Published: November 24, 2012
In 2009, the New York City Panel on Climate Change issued a prophetic report. “In the coming decades, our coastal city will most likely face more rapidly rising sea levels and warmer temperatures, as well as potentially more droughts and floods, which will all have impacts on New York City’s critical infrastructure,” said William Solecki, a geographer at Hunter College and a member of the panel. But what good are warnings? Intelligence agents received advance word that terrorists were hoping to hijack commercial jets. Who listened? (Not George W. Bush.) If we can’t imagine our own deaths, as Freud insisted, how can we be expected to imagine the death of a city? …
Last month’s “weather event” should have taught us that. Whether in 50 or 100 or 200 years, there’s a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea. But if there are no patterns, it means that nothing is inevitable either. History offers less dire scenarios: the city could move to another island, the way Torcello was moved to Venice, stone by stone, after the lagoon turned into a swamp and its citizens succumbed to a plague of malaria. The city managed to survive, if not where it had begun. Perhaps the day will come when skyscrapers rise out of downtown Scarsdale.
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