Parts of New York, Boston & Miami Will Be Under Water by 2100

rising-seaClimate change is having a profound effect on sea temperatures, melting ice caps and causing sea levels to rise. Just how high? According to a new report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “At the current rate of carbon emissions, over 1,700 cities, including New York, Boston and Miami, will have 25% of their land below the high water mark by 2100.”

In further depressing news, the report also notes that nearly 80 cities and more than 800,000 people will have 25% of their land below the high water mark by 2023. And by 2060, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Norfolk, Virginia will be completely below sea level.

So what can we do to keep major metropolitan areas from becoming beach towns? Continue reading

Solar Powered Charging Stations Up & Running in New York Parks

streetchargeNew Yorkers and tourists alike will now be able to juice up their dead or dying phones through 25 new solar stations from AT&T, Goal Zero and Brooklyn-based design studio, Pensa.

The inspiration for the solar stations came about partially from the power outages during Superstorm Sandy when everybody was looking for a place to charge their phones.

According to Tree Hugger: Street Charge stations will come equipped with iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 chargers, as well as microUSB and USB cords for charging other devices. The solar power comes from three 15 watt solar panels and is stored in Li-NMC batteries, both provided by Goal Zero, so you can charge day or night. The units can recharge in just four hours of direct sunlight, but also absorb UV rays during overcast days. Continue reading

In Hurricane Sandy’s Fury, The Fingerprint Of Climate Change

Originally posted on The Huffington Post by Tom Zeller Jr.

Last month, Mike Tidwell, director of Maryland’s Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the author of the 2006 book The Ravaging Tide — which detailed the expected rise in extreme weather events that will come with global warming — received a pamphlet in the mail from his insurance company, Travelers. The full-color flier depicted a typical suburban home with a lashing storm looming on the horizon.

Federal disaster declarations are up, the pamphlet declared. Average winter storm losses have doubled since the 1980s. Thunderstorms last year caused over $25 billion in damages, more than double the previous record.

“That flier was astonishing,” said Tidwell. “I couldn’t remember ever getting anything like that before.”

The implication was simple: Given the bounty of scientific and statistical evidence now in hand, insurance companies can’t afford to dither over whether climate change is real — and really, neither can anyone else. Monday night, another multibillion-dollar weather disaster — the very sort that scientists have been predicting for years would increase in frequency and intensity as the planet heats up — struck the American East Coast. Roads and subways and homes flooded and lives were lost. Property damages from wind and storm surges could break records. Millions lost power.

With one week left before an historic election that, as it happens, has been roundly criticized for its utter lack of high-level discussion of climate change, the smooth functioning of democracy itself might well be undermined by the storm, with the potential for widespread power outages in some areas lasting 10 days or more — well beyond next Tuesday’s scheduled polls.

If ever there was a time for everyone to wake up, Tidwell suggested, it’s now. Continue reading