Facing climate reality, cities look for ways to adapt

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Since the 2007 release of PlaNYC, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s sustainability vision, the city has chipped away steadily at its carbon emissions, cutting them to 13 percent below 2005 levels already. But nothing New York does on its own to mitigate climate change can save the city from future Sandys and the sea-level rise that will make such storms even more destructive going forward.

Last week, Bloomberg unveiled an ambitious, expensive plan to fortify the city against the kind of extreme weather that’s fast becoming the “new normal.” The event amplified a message more local leaders are embracing: Climate change is already upon us, and adapting to it will be essential to prevent massive losses of money and life.

On Monday, the mayors of Washington, D.C., Denver, Nashville, and 42 other U.S. cities signed a “Resilient Communities for America” agreement, pledging “to prepare and protect their…

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About Michael Killen, TV Talkshow Host and Artist

Ask how I can help. Michael@killen.com. I interpret thoughts of our time such as carbon tax, climate change, ocean change, resilience of America, and sustainability on canvas. My work has been show by Microsoft, NASA and US Dept. of Commerce. And, I am host of the TV Internet talkshow The Killen Report where I help guests share their message. The shows airs on the Internet everywhere and several California TV stations make the show available in their marketplace. Killen.com. I am in Menlo Park, CA.
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