27 Aug '11, 12pm

Is New York truly a drowning city? #longreads

Is New York truly a drowning city? #longreads

While I had spent the better part of the day trying to imagine this, the truth was that the word unimaginable worked pretty well in this instance. Eight million people on an island that is close to sea level with questionable means for evacuation. Experts can talk in a positive fashion about “solutions,” but the truth is that while sewage barriers are nice, the current strategy really comes down to being lucky. After all, isn’t it simply due to good fortune -- a kind roll of the dice -- that storms have veered in other directions and that a major storm hasn’t hit in at least a decade? We can create barriers for sewage plants -- and by all means we should -- but we can’t control what is uncontrollable. No one wants to hear it, but the real conclusion of an honest climate change impact report would be pretty simple: keep your fingers crossed.

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/portrait-of-a-drowning-city

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