Gensler's Town Squares Could Protect NYC Against Storms and Generate Alternative Energy

Gensler's Town Squares Could Protect NYC Against Storms and Generate Alternative Energy

Gensler has re-imagined NYC with town squares that could protect against flooding and power outages when the next Sandy-like storm strikes. The project is part of the global design…

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One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Experts Warn of Worse Storms to Come

One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Experts Warn of Worse Storms to Come

As New Yorkers grimly reflect on Superstorm Sandy’s one-year anniversary today, climate experts are forecasting even darker days ahead. Sandy, which flattened whole communities, cost…

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For a Resilient Rockaways Design Competition Announces White Arkitekter as Winner

For a Resilient Rockaways Design Competition Announces White Arkitekter as Winner

The "Small Means & Great Ends" design originated from the philosophy to introduce a plan that incorporates small changes that are adaptable, feasible, affordable and smart. For…

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New Article Highlights New York City's Terrifying Potential for Sudden Food Shortages

New Article Highlights New York City's Terrifying Potential for Sudden Food Shortages

When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. last year, it did more than just flood streets and knock out power. In its wake, the superstorm also revealed terrifying deficiencies…

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INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INHABITAT: To start off, can you tell us a bit about ORLI and the 3C competition? DAN: Operation Resilient Long Island started a global design ideas competition called 3C (short for…

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Construction Begins on Casing for Flood-Proof Amtrak Tunnel Under Hudson Yards

Construction Begins on Casing for Flood-Proof Amtrak Tunnel Under Hudson Yards

The government shutdown hasn't affected rail travel as of yet, and in fact, an important project to prevent future hurricanes from inflicting the kind of flooding damage that Superstorm…

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New York City Air Quality Reaches Cleanest Levels in More Than 50 Years

New York City Air Quality Reaches Cleanest Levels in More Than 50 Years

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving quite the environmental legacy.  This week, the mayor's office announced that this past winter, NYC air quality reached the…

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Brooklyn Bridge Park's Historic Jane's Carousel Gets AquaFence to Protect It from Future Storms

Brooklyn Bridge Park's Historic Jane's Carousel Gets AquaFence to Protect It from Future Storms

After being partially submerged by water during Hurricane Sandy last year, Brooklyn Bridge Park's historic Jane’s Carousel now has a much-needed flood protection system. Donated by…

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Climate Change May Actually Steer Future Superstorms Away from NYC But Flooding Remains an Issue

Climate Change May Actually Steer Future Superstorms Away from NYC But Flooding Remains an Issue

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York last October, it was considered a freak occurrence - a “one in 700 year event”. Now weather researchers say that another superstorm hitting the…

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Coastal Areas of NYC Could Be Underwater If Another Sandy-Like Storm Hits in 2100, Say Projections

Coastal Areas of NYC Could Be Underwater If Another Sandy-Like Storm Hits in 2100, Say Projections

New projections from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predict that if carbon emissions aren't rapidly reduced and climate change continues on its…

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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Releases National Strategy to Prepare for Future Storms

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Releases National Strategy to Prepare for Future Storms

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force was formed almost a year ago as an action tank to get storm-ravaged New York areas back on their feet. Yesterday, the organization and US…

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Dangerous Heat, Storms and Strange Weather Patterns Hit Northeast U.S.

Dangerous Heat, Storms and Strange Weather Patterns Hit Northeast U.S.

Image via Shutterstock It happens every year - we whine about the cold and then summer hits and we whine about the heat. But this time, we really have something to whine about.…

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12 Things You Should Have at Home in Case of a Hurricane

12 Things You Should Have at Home in Case of a Hurricane

Photo via Goal Zero A Solar Power Kit Most people don't typically think of solar power as a go-to energy source, but when power outages occur, having a solar charging kit can mean all…

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Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

Empire State Building Has Saved $4.7 Million So Far by Going Green

The Empire State Building is celebrating a collective $4.7 million in energy savings over the past two years since it received a $500 million energy efficiency retrofit. Five years ago,…

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NYC Officials Unveil New Flood Zones Adding 600,000 Residents and Businesses to the Map

NYC Officials Unveil New Flood Zones Adding 600,000 Residents and Businesses to the Map

Yesterday, New York City officials released final updates to the city’s hurricane evacuation zones that include an additional 600,000 residents who were not part of the former zoning…

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MS Tûranor PlanetSolar: Inhabitat Reports Live from the World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar: Inhabitat Reports Live from the World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is the world's largest solar-powered boat and the first ever solar-electric vehicle to circumnavigate the globe. Over 5,300 square feet of 93 kW PV panels…

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Mayor Bloomberg Rolls Out Extreme Weather Resiliency Plan for New York Before Leaving Office

Mayor Bloomberg Rolls Out Extreme Weather Resiliency Plan for New York Before Leaving Office

Though his time at the helm of New York City is running out, Mayor Bloomberg announced on June 11 a long-term plan for greater resiliency against extreme weather events. The plan…

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Could This Massive

Could This Massive "Seaport City" Save NYC from Future Storms?

"Seaport City" is summarized in the "A Stronger, More Resilient New York" plan released by Mayor Bloomberg yesterday as one possible way to protect the eastern edge of Lower Manhattan,…

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Global Green Announces

Global Green Announces "Solar for Sandy" Program to Provide Emergency Energy During Natural Disasters

Yesterday, Global Green USA announced the roll-out of its “Solar for Sandy” program to build emergency back-up solar energy systems at five or more Sandy-struck NYC community…

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces Major Plan to Battle Climate Change in New York City

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Major Plan to Battle Climate Change in New York City

In the wake of last year’s Superstorm Sandy, and in preparation for an even more turbulent hurricane season, Mayor Bloomberg spoke today on safeguarding New York City from future…

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New FEMA Report Increases NYC Flood Danger Zone to Include 400,000 Residents and 70,000 Buildings

New FEMA Report Increases NYC Flood Danger Zone to Include 400,000 Residents and 70,000 Buildings

Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency proposed changes to NYC's decades-old flood zone maps that nearly double the number of people and buildings at risk to 400,000…

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Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

According to an annual progress report released last week, PlaNYC is on track to exceed its greenhouse gas reduction goals by the year 2030. The paper measured progress on more…

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AN.ONYMOUS Proposes Elevating the Rockaways 10 to 15 Meters Above Sea Level

AN.ONYMOUS Proposes Elevating the Rockaways 10 to 15 Meters Above Sea Level

"ex.terra" // by AN.ONYMOUS from IMAN ANSARI on Vimeo. “ex.terra” connects to the existing subway line, bridges and roads in the Rockaways as an anamorphic grid, plugging the…

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Is New York Ready for Another Superstorm? Not Really.

Is New York Ready for Another Superstorm? Not Really.

Hurricane season started last week, and the NOAA is predicting that it will be one of the worst the U.S. has ever seen. Considering what happened to New York in the last super storm, we…

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Where to See Cicadas in New York This Summer

Where to See Cicadas in New York This Summer

By now you've probably heard about the upcoming cicada frenzy that will soon be descending upon the East Coast, but you might not be sure where to see these fascinating insects for…

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