20 Oct '11, 8pm

A NYC artist brings climate change home by mapping future floods and drawing them on the actual cityscape:

A NYC artist brings climate change home by mapping future floods and drawing them on the actual cityscape:

It was late August, and Eve Mosher was keenly aware of the monstrous storm that was surging up the coast. Irene had roared through the Bahamas as a category 3 hurricane, and weather forecasts showed it spinning up the seaboard like a giant bowling ball, blasting directly into Manhattan. New York City officials ordered almost 370,000 people to evacuate low-lying areas. New Yorkers are not fond of Mother Nature messing with their routines, and some dug in, refusing to leave . But Mosher took the storm seriously. "I grew up in Texas -- I prepare for hurricanes," she says. "They can take you out." Adding to Mosher's sensitivity was the fact that four summers prior, she set out on a public art project that charted areas of the city that would be submerged if sea level rose 10 feet -- not an unlikely scenario given projected climate change scenarios and/or a good storm surge. Ca...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-10-20-surprise-your-flat...

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