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22. Lessons From the Perfect Storm

Climate change should be back on the public agenda.

By Veronique Greenwood
Dec 17, 2012 6:00 AMNov 12, 2019 6:16 AM
Flooded streets in Brooklyn caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29. | Anton Oparin / Shutterstock


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Hurricane Sandy upended millions of lives and caused up to $50 billion in damage when it struck the Eastern Seaboard last October, but its most enduring legacy may be vaulting climate change back onto the public agenda. "We have a 100-year flood every 2 years now," New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the day after the storm. "We have a new reality when it comes to these weather patterns." He called for the building of levees or other barriers to counter the threat of storm flooding as sea level rises; in New York Harbor the water is about a foot higher than it was a century ago. Similar adaptation projects will most likely be needed in other major coastal cities. They won't be cheap, but Sandy starkly framed the alternatives.

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