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Preparing for Climate Change: Lessons for Coastal Cities from Hurricane Sandy

Preparing for Climate Change: Lessons for Coastal Cities from Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Kim Knowlton and Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, April 8, 2014

Scientists warn that the damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy is a glimpse of what is to come with future storms as climate change fuels rising seas and more powerful extreme weather events. NRDC's analysis of the damage, in human terms, finds New York City not yet prepared for this future. New York City is not alone, and the impact of Sandy highlights the vulnerability of coastal cities nationwide. Read more

California Snowpack and the Drought

California Snowpack and the Drought

Posted by Ben Chou, March 31, 2014

Snowpack normally provides one-third of the water used by California's cities and farms each year. But if drought conditions persist, this year's April snowpack measurements could be among the lowest since state snow surveys began in 1930. The dramatic declines in snowpack and changes in streamflow timing raise serious flags about California's outdated approach to water supply storage, requiring the state to reconsider and change how new and existing reservoirs are managed. Read more

Cleaner and Cheaper: Using the Clean Air Act to Sharply Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

Cleaner and Cheaper: Using the Clean Air Act to Sharply Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

Posted by Dan Lashof, March 20, 2014

An updated analysis of NRDC's ground-breaking 2012 proposal to cut carbon pollution from America's power plants shows that the plan can achieve even greater reductions than previously thought, and at less cost. The NRDC approach would yield $28 billion to $63 billion in health and environmental benefits that far outweigh the costs of putting first-ever limits on carbon pollution. Read more

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