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Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Living in Lower Manhattan–near sea level and near the water’s edge–I was in the evacuation zone for Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

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A Local’s View of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

9/11 is a national event but for those of us who lived in Tribeca in the shadow of the towers at the time, it was a local event, too. My son went to school just 5 blocks away at P.S. 234 and was there when the first plane struck. I visited 234 this morning and […]

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How Permeable Pavement Stood up to Hurricane Irene

While riding out Hurricane Irene in suburban New Jersey at my brother’s house this weekend, I got to see permeable pavement in action. The storm dumped over 7 inches of rain onto his town in about 12 hours. As I was out walking my dog in the worst of it, I saw water streaming off […]

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Does Global Warming Cause Tornadoes and Floods?

Flooding in Smithfield, KY, 5.13.11. Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Is the rash of deadly tornadoes in Joplin, Tuscaloosa and other parts of the country related to global warming, as author and environmentalist Bill McKibben recently suggested in a satiric piece for the The Washington Post? How about the disastrous floods we’ve been […]

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Nuclear Power vs. Gas — Danger on Both Sides

Were you scared by today’s report about radioactive contamination of Tokyo’s drinking water? Then how do you feel about radioactive gas drilling waste being discharged into rivers that feed drinking water supplies in the U.S.? It’s happening in Pennsylvania, in broad daylight, as reported in The New York Times. And no one has yet done […]

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Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

4.3.11 update: With yesterday’s report that highly radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific from the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the nuclear disaster just got bigger — and resolution further away. How far does the danger extend? Not yet to America. Though daily air monitoring around the U.S. by the Environmental Protection Agency shows elevated levels […]

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Is July 2010 Heat Wave a Sign of Global Warming?

Updated 8/15/10 – July 2010 was the second warmest on record, according to a new NOAA report. While July didn’t quite break the record, the first half of the year did. It was the hottest January to June since record-keeping began in 1880. Is the extreme heat a sign of global warming? Probably — at […]

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