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State Consultant Slams Fracking

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capitalnewyork.com - by Scott Waldman - March 7, 2014

ALBANY—A consultant hired by the state Health Department to assist in a review of the health effects of fracking recently published a study that concluded “substantial concerns and major uncertainties” should be resolved before it is expanded nationally.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that his final, long-awaited decision on whether to permit fracking will depend on the department's findings. 

John Adgate, of the Colorado School of Public Health, surveyed a number of recent health-related studies of fracking and published his findings last month in the Environmental Science & Technology journal.

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Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program Aims to Prevent Future Hurricanes From Crippling NYC Medical System

               

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inhabitat.com - by Kevin Lee - February 25, 2014

When Hurricane Sandy struck in October of 2012, one of its most dire consequences was that it effectively put six New York hospitals out of commission. The facilities could have provided critical disaster relief, however they were shut down forcing 6,500 patients to be evacuated. To help prevent the same tragic scenario from happening again, hospitals from around New York have teamed up with global architecture firm Perkins+Will to organize an in-depth panel called the “Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program.”

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CANARSIE RESILIENCE: BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY BLOCK BY-BLOCK

Block and Tenant Associations Workshop Schedule

February – March 2014

  

All of the following interactive workshops will be held at

1385 East 94th St, bet Avenues K and L

6:30-9:00pm

Who should attend:  

All Canarsiens interested in starting or strengthening a Block, Condo/Coop, or Tenant Association

 

 

Date:  Tuesday, February 18

Topic:  Canarsie Resilience: Building a Stronger Community Block by-Block

  • Discussion of Block/Tenant/Condo workshops series
  • Learn more about NY Resiliency and  Bridge Streetservices

Work Group Assignment: Participants will review and begin completing a 12-month action plan

 

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U.S. Rules Bar Aid to Co-ops Hit by Sandy

      

Stephen Elbaz revealed mold behind the wall vinyl at a Brooklyn co-op.   Uli Seit for The New York Times

nytimes.com - by Mireya Navarro - May 1, 2013

Since the hurricane, thousands of homeowners have been startled to discover that co-ops are largely barred from federal disaster assistance. The rules have stirred growing criticism from members of Congress from the region, who contend that the system fails to take into account how people live in New York City, where co-ops have flourished.

The lawmakers are calling for the rules to be changed, saying that as severe weather becomes more common, the region will be increasingly shortchanged in disaster aid.

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Design & Politics: Competing for Resilience

 
Rebuild By Design Event: 
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Design & Politics: Competing for Resilience<

 

http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/events/design-politics-competing-for-resilience/

The first of three design debates moderated by Henk Ovink, Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan of Housing and Urban Development, to be held at the Syracuse University Fisher Center, 19 E 31st Street.
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6-8:30pm
"on process"
If the goal of a process is to drive a new level of resilience across a region, then the boundaries in which resilience efforts are typically conceived and implemented need to be restructured. Design is the mode of response put forth by RBD. The standard model for federal design competitions is to define an existing problem and solicit solutions from the best in the field. Yet, as highlighted by Sandy, the challenges of resilience defy political and disciplinary boundaries. 

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What is My Base Flood Elevation (BFE)? Address Lookup Tool (Formerly What is My ABFE?)

 
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What is My Base Flood Elevation (BFE)? Address Lookup Tool (Formerly What is My ABFE?)
The interactive 'What is My BFE?' tool below can help you compare the current effective and the revised FEMA flood hazard data available for your propertyGet information for your property in three easy steps: http://www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table
 
 
Help connect individuals to the information they need to make informed decisions by sharing these resources via your website, blog, social networks, and other communication channelshttp://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/partner/tools_resources.jsp
 
Final Draft 2014 NYC Hazard Mitigation Plan
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Despite Renovations After Hurricane, Unease Persists in the Rockaways

      

Johanna Dominique in her apartment on the Rockaway Peninsula. A water stain that appeared when Hurricane Sandy hit, persists across her repaired ceiling. Ángel Franco/The New York Times

nytimes.com - by Sarah Maslin Nir - January 13, 2014

The buildings are offset by the Atlantic, a pastiche of warm tones and cool grays, jutting balconies overlooking tranquil landscaped gardens and million-dollar views. The apartment complex is in the Arverne section of the Rockaway Peninsula; it looks as if it could be Boca Raton, Fla.

But in this cluster of buildings, looks are often deceiving.

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Is NYC's Climate Plan Enough to Win the Race Against Rising Seas?

      

Areas that are expected to be in a 100-year flood zone in the 2020s and 2050s as sea levels rise from global warming, according to new projections by the NYPCC

The city's climate adaptation projects should be devised to handle conditions far worse than even the most severe sea level rise estimates, scientists say.

insideclimatenews.org - by Katherine Bagley and Maria Gallucci- June 20, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to protect New York City from future superstorm Sandys and other climate-related threats is the most ambitious and scientifically accurate plan of its kind in the world. But as global warming intensifies and sea levels rise, even this strategy may not be enough to flood-proof the city for very long, experts say.

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Fed Flood Maps Left NY Unprepared for Sandy — and FEMA Knew It

Flooding in Red Hook, Brooklyn after Sandy (Flickr/gunnicool)

The agency ignored state and city officials' appeals to update the maps with better data until it was too late.

wnyc.org - December 6, 2013
by Al Shaw : ProPublica / Theodoric Meyer : ProPublica / Christie Thompson : ProPublica

When Patrice and Philip Morgan bought a house near the ocean in Brooklyn, they were not particularly worried about the threat of flooding.

Federal maps showed their home was outside the area at a high risk of flood damage. . .

. . . But the maps drawn up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency were wrong. And government officials knew it.

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Army Corps Restores Marsh Islands in Jamaica Bay N.Y. Posted 9/13/2012

By Vince Elias
New York District Public Affairs

It is estimated that approximately 1,400 acres of tidal salt marsh have been lost from the marsh islands in Jamaica Bay, New York since 1924, with the system wide rate of loss rapidly increasing in recent years. From 1994 and 1999, an estimated 220 acres of salt marsh were lost at a rate of 47 acres per year.

With the Manhattan skyline less than 10 miles to the north, the eight by four mile marsh islands complex is an integral part of the Bay, which has been targeted for restoration by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service (Gateway), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the National Resources Conservation Service and the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program.

To quell further erosion of the islands, and adding to an already impressive list of habitat restoration projects in the Bay, the Army Corps commenced the placement of sand from the Harbor Deepening Project’s Ambrose Channel contract in August 2012 to restore Black Wall and Rulers Bar marsh islands.

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