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Two Years On, Remembering The Raw Devastation Left Behind By A Hurricane 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hurricane Sandy swept along the New Jersey coastline with a fury that left little in its wake. The storm devastated my hometown. I set out with a camera days after, instructed by my professors at Columbia Journalism School to hunt down the "biggest story of the year." The scene was set, but I was overwhelmed. There were so many options and different avenues to pursue. I drove to the beach, my go-to destination for a quiet calm, but this time around things were different. Asbury Park and Belmar looked like they had their throats ripped out. Everywhere I went, trash and debris littered the landscape. Boardwalks had been wrenched off their pylons, homes and stores sat with shattered windows, sagging under their own weight; the remnants of beachside life were scattered with reckless abandon. It was a depressing sight. I drove from one town to the next, encountering barricades, police, the National Guard in their camouflage Humvees. Everything everywhere was a mess. Lots of piles of garbage. Big piles of ...
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Meet 3 People Working To Ensure The Next Hurricane Sandy Doesn't Take Such A Terrible Toll 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast on Oct. 29, 2012, devastating much of New York City and southern New Jersey, countless people volunteered to help those in need. As we mark the second anniversary of the storm, The Huffington Post is spotlighting three individuals whose commitment was evident from the moment they joined the immediate recovery response, and who today show no signs of slowing down. Nathan Kleinman, Pablo Benson and Devin Balkin joined Occupy Sandy , the recovery effort spearheaded by former Occupy Wall Street organizers , to provide food, water and clothing to locals displaced from their homes. Two years later, the rebuilding efforts are far from finished . But these guys are still at it. Each of them has helped guide one of the various spinoff groups on the Occupy Sandy Project Spokescouncil , a collection of affiliated efforts aimed at not only providing continued assistance to Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey, but also preparing the states and their people to better ...
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5 Ideas for Protecting New York From The Next Sandy (Some Of Which Are A Little Nuts) 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s been two years since Superstorm Sandy, and much of New York City is still vulnerable to flooding from storm surges. And as global sea levels continue to rise, that flooding risk will only increase. While Sandy caused around $19 billion in damages and economic losses in New York City, the same storm would cost the city $90 billion in 2050 , according to a recent analysis by the city government. According to city risk assessments, 400,000 people already live in an area that has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year. There are a number of proposed solutions for this ever-worsening problem, ranging from the practical to the whimsical. The Huffington Post took a look at some of the proposed solutions (including some conceived even before Sandy brought attention to the issue), as well as the official recommendations of the New York City Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, a Bloomberg administration effort to build a more resilient city post-Sandy . While some of these ideas may ...
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These Images Show Just How Much Some Neighborhoods Were Changed By Hurricane Sandy 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy two years ago, shocking photos showed the huge extent of the destruction caused by the storm. Only days after the storm struck, before and after satellite images from Google revealed the widespread damage to coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. Last year, before and after photos showed progress but still a lot of work to be done. This Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the storm, and we hope to again capture the progress that has been made rebuilding in New York and New Jersey. The following GIFs show pre-Sandy satellite images, followed by immediately post-Sandy images and finally what the shoreline looks like in the most recent satellite photos. Hurricane Sandy is estimated to have caused $65 billion in damages in the United States and was responsible for the deaths of 182 people. Efforts to rebuild and prepare for future storms are still ongoing. Far Rockaway, NY. July 18, 2011 - Nov. 1, 2012 - July 1, 2014 Mantoloking, NJ. Sept. 20, 2010 - Nov. 3, 2012 - ...
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What New York City Can Learn From Its Relationship With The Sea 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Can New York City survive the sea? This is the question Ted Steinberg, a Case Western Reserve University professor, poses in his recent book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York . From the days when Mannahatta island was home to the indigenous Lenape tribe to today's five-borough metropolis that houses more than 8 million people, one thing has remained constant: the story of New York City cannot be separated from water. The city received a painful reminder of this two years ago when Hurricane Sandy struck the region, killing dozens, causing billions in damage and paralyzing the city's transportation system. Sandy's record-setting 13-foot storm surge revealed the vulnerability of Lower Manhattan in an era of rising sea levels . The Huffington Post spoke with Steinberg about the city's aquatic history and what the future may hold for Gotham. What first prompted you to study New York City’s ecological history and its relationship with the sea? First, simple intellectual curiosity ...
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President Obama Should Embrace Disclosure of Climate Damage 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate pollution threatens our children's health, cherished wildlife and forests, agriculture and our coastlines. Its impacts only get worse, and more costly, the longer we continue to make decisions for the future that commit us to more carbon pollution. President Obama has underscored his desire for the federal government to lead by example. But some agencies in his administration are fumbling an easy opportunity to do just that. We have the tools available today to enable our federal agencies to account for the damage caused by carbon pollution before approving oil and gas developments, new highways, coal mines and other big investments that deepen our dependence on fossil fuels. How can a federal agency meaningfully disclose the incremental climate damages from an individual federal proposal? There is a ready measure at hand -- called the "social cost of carbon" -- developed by a dozen federal agencies using well-established climate science and economics . This model provides a range of estimates, ...
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Here's How President Obama Is Using the 'Oil Weapon'—Against Iran, Russia, and ISIS 11.10.2014 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was "the oil weapon"—and back in 1973, it was directed at the United States. Skip ahead four decades and it's smart, it's effective, and it's the American way. The Obama administration has appropriated it as a major tool of foreign policy, a new way to go to war with nations it considers hostile without relying on planes, missiles, and troops. It is, of course, that very same oil weapon. Until recently, the use of the term " the oil weapon " has largely been identified with the efforts of Arab producers to dissuade the United States from supporting Israel by cutting off the flow of petroleum. The most memorable example of its use was the embargo imposed by Arab members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on oil exports to the United ...
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Tell President Obama: Cut Pollution from the Oil & Gas Industry 9.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The President has promised to curb methane pollution as part of his Climate Action Plan, but no action has been taken ...
Piping Plover Bird At Center Of Sandy Recovery Controversy 8.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — A court fight over a protected bird called the piping plover is holding up a $207 million plan to replenish the sand along a 19-mile stretch of New York's Fire Island. The small, sparrow-like bird that lives on the island is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act and, elsewhere in the country, is classified as endangered. Besides arguing that the bird's habitat is in jeopardy, critics say the project would be a huge waste of money. Elected officials have decried the delay, saying human lives are in danger if a repeat of 2012's Superstorm Sandy strikes the region and work is not completed to bulk up Fire Island as a barrier for heavily populated parts of Long Island. During the storm, dunes as high as 20 feet were credited with absorbing the brunt of Sandy's fury and preventing wider damage. Fire Island is a long, thin barrier island that runs parallel to the south shore of Long Island. A federal court conference on the dispute was held Wednesday in Central ...
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How Kentucky's struggling miners view the country's most expensive Senate race 1.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Once the linchpin of Kentucky's economy, the coal industry has deteriorated beyond recognition. While the miners of Clay County feel the pinch, the 2014 Senate race over Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's seat has emerged as a $100 million contest, the most expensive Senate race in American history.
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A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India - Huffington Post 29.9.2014 google news
A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India Huffington Post Mr. Obama can help Mr. Modi achieve his development goals by providing a package of energy measures, including assistance to improve the efficiency of India's air conditioning sector, which can use up to half of the available electricity during ...
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A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India 29.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Mario Molina, V. Ramanathan and Durwood Zaelke During his first official visit to the United States this week, India's popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today. Mr. Obama can help Mr. Modi achieve his development goals by providing a package of energy measures, including assistance to improve the efficiency of India's air conditioning sector, which can use up to half of the available electricity during the sub-continent's hottest months. At the same time, the Prime Minister can help the President with one of his signature climate priorities by supporting the phase down of refrigerants know as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, under the Montreal Protocol. HFCs are super greenhouse gases, and the fastest growing climate pollutants in many countries. Mr. Modi's economic agenda ...
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Will U.S.-India Summit Bring Historic Climate Action? 28.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: On Monday, President Barack Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in what could be one of the most significant events following the U.N. climate week. As leaders of the world's largest democracies and prominent entrepreneurial societies, the Obama-Modi summit...
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The Green War against the Islamic State 26.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Two wars simultaneously target Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. One war involves fighters, warplanes and bombs. The other is the Green War. Green, as in money. Two wars simultaneously target Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. One war involves fighters, warplanes and bombs. The other is the Green War. Green, as in ...
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Accelerating Climate Action Now: 5 Key Priorities for the Obama-Modi Meeting 25.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: During the Climate Summit this week in New York, U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized, “The alarm bells keep ringing,” in his speech to the General Assembly. “Our citizens keep marching; we cannot pretend we can’t hear them.” President Obama then...
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President Obama’s Address at Climate Summit Promises More of the Same 24.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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An Important Step in Our Fight Against Climate Change 23.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, leaders from more than 120 countries gathered in New York. On the agenda: a challenge that knows no borders, produces devastating local impacts, and requires global action. President Obama joined the international community at the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit because he believes that we have a moral obligation to our children and to future generations to take decisive action now -- to reduce the carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions warming the planet, and to build resilience to the climate impacts already being felt in communities across the country and around the world. We are the first generation to experience first-hand the chaos that climate scientists have long warned was coming. In recent years, we have been battered by more frequent and severe storms, become inundated by rising seas and storm surge, parched by deeper drought, and burned by fiercer wildfires. From the world's poorest villages to the tiniest seaside communities, climate change poses a real and ...
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 19.9.2014 Truthout.com
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ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Much has been said about President Obama's strategy to degrade and eventually "destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in: careful consideration of the root causes behind the rise of ISIS, simultaneous inclusion of socio-political and economic development along with the military campaign, and the real, not illusionary, role and capability of the coalition members President Obama has assembled. Bearing this in mind and acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future. The rise of many jihadist groups can be traced several decades back to the reigns of corrupt and ruthless Arab dictators who grossly violated human rights, deprived their citizens of social justice, and violently suppressed any opposition with ...
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Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis 18.9.2014 Democracy Now!
As the United Nations prepares to hold one-day global summit on climate change, we speak to award-winning author Naomi Klein about her new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate." In the book, Klein details how our neoliberal economic system and our planetary system are now at war. With global emissions at an all-time high, Klein says radical action is needed. "We have not done the things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of this crisis," Klein writes. "We are stuck because the actions that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe -- and would benefit the vast majority -- are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets." "Watch Part 2":http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/18/naomi_klein_on_the_peoples_climate
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