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Sea level rise

Residents say they’ve been waiting 10 years – since Superstorm Sandy – for city officials to develop climate resiliency and emergency responses.
New York City council members pressed the city’s climate officials this week about the need for flood emergency plans.
The proposed $15 billion would allow for investment in communities that have borne the brunt of exposure to industrial waste and limited access to parks. It would also support infrastructure for the energy transition.
United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report detailing the planet’s future — and New York City is at high risk.
The 290-page Comprehensive Waterfront Plan includes equity measures and mentions a revived study that could install massive barriers in the mouth of major waterways, potentially setting the stage for one of the largest infrastructure projects in New York’s history.
The demolition of East River Park marks the last chapter in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s climate change legacy.
De Blasio achieved success toward making New York City carbon neutral by 2050, but his administration struggled to break ground on its storm surge and sea level rise infrastructure projects.
From a 250-foot-long barge moored in Raritan Bay, workers are placing more than 1,100 stone-filled mattresses into the water. They will double as an important habitat for marine species.
"I really wanted to show that this was not a problem we only affiliate with places like Bangladesh and the Pacific, but it's also happening in Miami and the Meadowlands."
Here are the New York and New Jersey areas most vulnerable to subsidence and structural erosion via saltwater.
The maps haven't been updated since 2007, and flood risk is rising in communities battered by Superstorm Sandy, exacerbated by new building development.
The city’s waterfront is facing a critical moment, as sea levels are expected to begin rising at an accelerated rate.
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