The Wheels on Bloomberg's "Seaport City" Are Actually Turning!

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When the Bloomberg administration rolled out a 400-page proposal to better climate-change-proof the city, by far the sexiest part of the plan was Seaport City, an analog of Battery Park City for the east side of lower Manhattan. The sexiest, and also the most difficult to accomplish. But now it looks like Seaport City might actually happen: The administration has announced a Request For Proposals for a feasibility study for the development.

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Those FEMA Flood Maps Aren't Going to Update Themselves

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New Yorkers denied help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Sandy flooded their homes already know firsthand that the agency--and the way the country deals with extreme weather--is in trouble. But a grim report put out late last week by ProPublica shows that another crucial FEMA project is slowing down after seeing cut after cut after cut: updating flood maps.

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Hurricane Sandy Unleashed 11 Billion Gallons of Crap in the Water, Report Shows

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If you needed any more evidence to attest to the fact that Sandy was a real bitch, Climate Central released a study today showing where the storm overwhelmed the city's sewage treatment facilities. The findings are horrifying: 11 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage were dumped into the water, with six sewage spills larger than 100 million gallons in New York City alone.


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The Mayor's "Carbon Challenge" Picks Up Ten Major Corporations

Thankfully, companies are much nicer with Bloomberg when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions than they are with banning soda.

In 2007, the Mayor announced the "Carbon Challenge;" an initiative from PlaNYC - the city's sustainability program - that dares any organization in New York to lower its carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next decade. In the last six years, almost every university, hospital and municipal building in the city has hopped on the pro-Earth bandwagon. And, yesterday, Bloomberg added ten more (recognizable) names to the list.

You might've heard of these guys. American International Group, BlackRock, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Google, JetBlue Airways, JPMorgan Chase, PVH and Bloomberg's little company, Bloomberg LP? All together, these conglomerates take up 17 million square feet of residency in New York. "Their leadership on this issue is not only going to move our city toward a more sustainable future; we also hope it will inspire others to follow suit," the Mayor commented.

Let's give credit where credit is due: that's a ton of ozone we're saving here.


Climate Change Activists Project Hurricane Sandy Images Onto Gas Station

Viewers watching the movie projected above the Exxon Mobil station last night.
The Exxon Mobil station on 2nd Street and Avenue C became an impromptu movie theater last night, as a coalition of climate-change activists projected a short film about Hurricane Sandy recovery onto the wall above it.

Josh Fox, one of the filmmakers behind the anti-fracking film Gasland, shot the 25-minute film in the Rockaways in the first weeks after the storm hit.

Fox had shown some of the footage earlier this month at a Do The Math event, and in the parking lot last night he said the guerrilla projection stunt fit in well with that campaign's goal to tie the responsibility for climate change directly to fossil fuel companies.

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Disaster Preparedness Researcher Says We Failed to Learn Our Lesson from Hurricane Katrina

Irwin Redlener speaking at yesterday's conference at Columbia's Low Memorial Library.
A pretty catastrophic hurricane hit the Gulf Coast in 2006 that should have served as a lesson to the rest of the U.S. on the importance of disaster preparedness.

Unfortunately, the problems we've seen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy are all too similar to those that persisted during Hurricane Katrina, Irwin Redlener, a professor of public health at Columbia University, said at yesterday's "After Sandy: Climate and Our Coastal Future" panel discussion at Columbia.

"Every single problem that you may have seen or may see as the weeks and months roll on, was forewarned by our experiences back then," Redlener said. "All of it was forewarned by what happened in Katrina in 2005."

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