34 Responses to June 11 News: By 2050, Nearly A Million New Yorkers Will Live In A Floodplain
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to speak at 1:30 today on how the city must prepare comprehensive plans for addressing climate-driven storms, floods, droughts, heat waves and other weather events that could threaten its infrastructure. [New York Times]
The Bloomberg administration on Monday issued new warnings about New York City’s vulnerability to climate change, offering updated data to encourage businesses, residents and perhaps even future mayors to better prepare against hotter weather, fiercer storms and increased rainfall.
Administration officials estimated that more than 800,000 city residents will live in the 100-year flood plain by the 2050s. That figure is more than double the 398,000 currently estimated to be at risk, based on new maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency released Monday.
Many more businesses and jobs will also be at risk.
The EPA released numbers disproving conservative claims that the agency is discriminating against conservative groups on FOIA fee waivers. [Politico]
An EIA report shows that oil and gas reserves are 35% greater in 2013 than in 2011. [LA Times]
In two weeks, Massachusetts voters will choose Senator John Kerry’s replacement in a special election, and National Journal notes that Rep. Ed Markey is running for the office as the “first real Climate Candidate.” [National Journal]
The U.S. Coast Guard is ratcheting down oil spill cleanup efforts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in 2010. [AP]
China’s rich coastal provinces are exporting their carbon emissions to the poorer provinces by importing their goods, making a climate solution more politically difficult for the country. [Guardian]
Developing countries are deploying new plans to seek climate project finance as funding for the Clean Development Mechanism dries up. [Reuters]
The Great Lakes have hit historically low water levels, imperiling the $34 billion shipping industry that operates there. [NYTImes]
A new study says states have a habit of placing polluting facilities near downwind border areas, so the emissions and their effects are carried to other states. [WaPo]
British Columbians are looking at the health and climate ramifications of increased coal production. [Global News]
Some of United Airlines’ most frequent flyers (a group called “Flying Clean”), are pressuring the airline to stop blocking actions to rein in carbon emissions. [Chicago Tribune]
In Budapest, Hungary, the river Danube crested record levels as the region grapples with record flooding. [New York Times]
Korea is battling an early heat wave that would be more familiar in August than June, raising electricity load concerns. [Wall Street Journal]
Some silver linings in the new IEA carbon emissions report courtesy of John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli. [Guardian]
The Texas legislature shut down Tesla’s ability to sell direct to customers over the internet, despite 80 percent support for the sales model from the state’s residents. [Clean Technica]
An analysis suggests forests could be sequestering much more carbon from the atmosphere if it wasn’t for deforestation, especially in the tropics. [The Conversation]
Oxford Photovoltaic just hit 15.4 percent efficiency ahead of schedule for a new solar cell that’s low cost, made from organic materials, and can be integrated directly into buildings. [Clean Technica]