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How Antarctic Ice Affects Climate in NYC

When we consider how best to address climate change, we tend to focus on the everyday actions we can do at the local level, whether that happens at the scale of personal habits like  recycling, composting or bicycling or the citywide effort to retrofit our aging building stock. But some climate effects begin far, far away- notably 8,000 miles away in Antarctica.

A new study from the National Academy of Sciences uses computer projections based on climate info from prehistory and projects its models to 2300, using thousands of computer simulations. What they found was good news in some ways, and bad news in others.

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New Report Shows NYC Waterways Are Cleanest They’ve Been in 100 Years

Being that Solar One is physically close to the water, the condition of that water is anything but an abstract notion to us. Water quality testing is one of our Education team’s most popular field trip offerings, we have a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) pipe running diagonally under the blacktop, and we host some of the Billion Oyster Project‘s little bivalve charges. Students who come to Stuy Cove can find out exactly what’s in our water on any given day.

And while most days, we generally do find at least a little bit of bacteria, a new report from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows that remarkable improvements have been made in recent decades.

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Will Coastal US Homes Be Underwater Before the Mortgages Are Even Due?

A new study predicts that coastal flooding could become a regular event- as much as three times a week, according to new study published in the journal PLOS One- by 2045, or before the mortgages on houses bought this year would even come due.

Right now, coastal floods occur in the mid-Atlantic region about once a month. The new projections would mean ten times more floods, perhaps as many as three times a week, or 120 per year.

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Forever Sandy: New Steps Toward a Full Recovery

Though it’s been more than two years since Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, destroying homes, businesses and infrastructure, many communities are still struggling to recover fully.

Part of the slow comeback has to with money, of course. Even though more than $6 billion in FEMA emergency funds have been paid in Sandy claims, lots of homeowners have had their claims denied. Now it seems that those claims may partly have been denied based on false insurance reports. Those reports have now been ordered to be made available to homeowners who are currently suing for compensation from insurers. You can read more about that story in the Asbury Park Press here.

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What Keeps the City Moving? A Look at Infrastructure in NYC Post Sandy

NYC-JessLast year, Superstorm Sandy swept over our Solar One building in Stuyvesant Cove Park, uprooting our trees and washing away our stage.  We have spent the last year rebuilding our park, and have just finished planting local trees for next season.  As we look to build our new education center, Solar 2, we plan to make many important changes to better position us to weather the next storm.

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