Submerged Motherlands: Swoon's Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

Submerged Motherlands: Swoon's Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

Swoon has worked on similar environmentally focused projects, such as her "junk rafts" made of salvaged materials that are also included in the Submerged Motherlands installation. The…

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Rebuild by Design Competition Unveils Shortlist of Proposals for a Resilient Post-Sandy World

Rebuild by Design Competition Unveils Shortlist of Proposals for a Resilient Post-Sandy World

Announced last summer, the Rebuild by Design competition is an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The…

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Gov. Cuomo Unveils $4.9 Billion Plan to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Storms

Gov. Cuomo Unveils $4.9 Billion Plan to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Storms

New York isn't taking its chances with future superstorms. On Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a $4.9 billion plan to protect vital NYC transportation infrastructure from…

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Con Edison Required to Invest $1 Billion to Protect Systems from Climate Change

Con Edison Required to Invest $1 Billion to Protect Systems from Climate Change

In a victory for Consolidated Edison customers, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) recently ruled that the utility company invest $1 billion to protect its energy…

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Architects Propose a Barrier of Garbage to Prevent Future Flooding in Manhattan

Architects Propose a Barrier of Garbage to Prevent Future Flooding in Manhattan

The first layer of the project would be a deep canal trench dug around Manhattan’s shoreline. The canal would be lined with shipping containers, filled with garbage, and hopefully…

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Polar Vortex's Possible Only Benefit is That It Helped Kill Off Some Invasive Insects

Polar Vortex's Possible Only Benefit is That It Helped Kill Off Some Invasive Insects

This week's rather unpleasant Polar Vortex brought a deep freeze to New York, and along with the frigid air came transportation delays, infrastructure damage, and a rush to buy more…

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New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Dropped 19 Percent Since 2005

New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Dropped 19 Percent Since 2005

Michael Bloomberg had yet another nice announcement for New Yorkers as he left office this week - citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have dropped a whopping 19 percent since 2005.…

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NYC Homeless Man Codes App That Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

NYC Homeless Man Codes App That Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

Leo Grand doesn’t fit the typical archetype of an environmentalist. Despite having unveiled his car-sharing app, Trees for Cars, to the world last Tuesday, Grand has been sleeping on…

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Researchers Say New Jersey Shore Likely to See Unprecedented Sea Level Rise by Mid-Century

Researchers Say New Jersey Shore Likely to See Unprecedented Sea Level Rise by Mid-Century

The fact that the Jersey Shore is susceptible to flooding is obviously nothing new but now residents may have even more cause for concern. Geoscientists at Rutgers and…

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NYC Commits $14 Million Towards Helping Hurricane Sandy-Impacted Homeowners

NYC Commits $14 Million Towards Helping Hurricane Sandy-Impacted Homeowners

Today, outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new program that will provide $14 million towards structural and non-structural repairs for single-family homeowners…

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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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