Facing climate reality, cities look for ways to adapt

Grist

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 Helps Organizations Share Their Important Climate and Energy Action Message

Michael is committed to helping organizations share their climate action, energy, and sustainability solution message. He is the publisher of 400 business studies and marketing white papers, talk show host who helped 400 academics, artists, energy experts, environmentalists, government officials, and scientists share their message with Internet and TV audiences; and he is the artist who painted large-scale paintings that include California's Climate Plan,'Resilience',' Sustainability', and 'Safeguard Civilization. Contact him michael@killen.com.
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