New York is Getting Warmer and Wetter

What are You Going to do About it?

nycfloodedAs many people have heard, the New York City Panel on Climate Change released the Climate Risk Information (CRI) report this past Tuesday. Formed as part of the Mayor’s PlaNYC initiative to address the effects of a warming planet on New York City, CISC Director, Bill Solecki, co-chairs this panel with Cynthia Rosenzweig of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

There is ample press on the report’s release. But the major points, as seen in the Mayor’s Press Release are:

  • Approximately 2.5 to 4.5 times more days per year over 90 degrees than experienced on average from 1971-2000;
  • Approximately 2.5 to 4 times more heat waves (as defined as three consecutive days over 90 degrees) a year than experienced on average from 1971-2000;
  • More frequent, intense rainstorms;
  • A current 1-in-10 year coastal flood about once every 1 to 3 years; and
  • A current 1-in-100 year coastal flood about once every 15 to 35 years.

Next steps for New York? Findings here will be used to help the City’s Climate Change Adaptation Task Force negate their work. Next steps for you? Start thinking about how you can be part of the growing movement to SERIOUSLY confront the situation. A good start might be joining folks in DC for a march and sit in at a Coal Fired Power Plant. For more information about this event and why now is the time to up the ante and not only celebrate the good work of Obama thus far, visit Yale360.

Here we go New York…


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