Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plays Out in Urban Environments
The question of whether accepting and acting on climate change adaptation amounts to an admission of defeat for climate change mitigation was the most pressing topic discussed by climate experts on a panel this week at an event sponsored by The Earth Institute.
The debate around applying climate change science to urban environments has been reinvigorated in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy on New York City and its 500 miles of coastline in October 2012, as well as on the coastlines of neighbouring New Jersey and Long Island. New York City in the wake of Sandy has tasked the New York City Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation to examine exactly what happened to the city during the hurricane, what might happen if a similar weather event occurs and what are the most cost-effective measures to deal with severe weather going forward.
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