- When talking about climate change, the question we need to ask is no longer “Are we screwed?” because that answer is unequivocally yes. SEE The Cli-Fi Report at cli-fi.net
- The question we need to ask today is, “Now what?” SEE The Cli-Fi Report at cli-fi.net
- It’s possible to build a livable world for the future if we take action to restore fragile environments, transform our food and energy systems, and build in protections for people and places. SEE The Cli-Fi Report at cli-fi.net
- But it won’t be easy. SEE The Cli-Fi Report at cli-fi.net
- The world faces a future of floods, famine, and extreme heat — here’s what it’ll take to bounce back, writes Kevin Loria
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A 9-foot storm surge barreled down on the city. It swamped subways and neighborhoods. A power substation flooded, causing an explosion that looked like something out of a Hollywood ''cli-fi'' film. Half of Manhattan turned pitch black. SEE The Cli-Fi Report at cli-fi.net
Downed power lines lit close-together homes on fire, forcing some residents to swim through alleys and into houses to help save neighbors. Some 43 people died. One person was electrocuted in front of neighbors as she ventured out into the storm to take a photo.
It wasn’t a scene from a movie or a scientist’s stark prediction. This was Superstorm Sandy, which hit New York City and New Jersey nearly six years ago. It changed how experts across the US think of disaster preparedness.
“Sandy was a wake-up call,” said Jainey Bavishi, director of the mayor's office of recovery and resiliency in New York City. “One of the things Sandy showed is that we’re experiencing these challenges now and so we have to act now.”
Acting now means no longer thinking of storms such as Sandy as rare phenomena that should be handled after the fact.
When the industrial era began, we set in motion climate change, a force that will lead to more catastrophic weather events, like Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and, most recently, Hurricanes Irma and Maria. And superstorms are just the tip of this fast-melting, catastrophic iceberg.