Tag: Hurricane Sandy (2012)

How to Rebound After a Disaster: Move, Don’t Rebuild, Research Suggests

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. What should communities do as climate change escalates threats like sea-level rise? Until now, much of the focus has been on disaster response, with very little discussion of orderly, strategic retreat from areas at risk. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, […]

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The Prom Where the City Councilman Dances the Jennifer Grey Part from ‘Dirty Dancing.’ And He’s Not Bad.

At a prom earlier this month, Carlos Menchaca, a city councilman from Brooklyn, wore a shiny ball gown to dance the Jennifer Grey role from the climax of “Dirty Dancing.” The prom was an annual fund-raising event for a community school called Cora Dance in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Shannon Hummel, who runs the school […]

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Who Liked Hurricane Sandy? These Tiny, Endangered Birds

The wrath of Hurricane Sandy’s powerful winds and violent storm surge left considerable damage across New York and New Jersey in October 2012. But for one tiny bird, the cataclysmic storm has been a big help. “Hurricane Sandy was really good for piping plovers,” said Katie Walker, a graduate student in wildlife conservation at Virginia […]

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A Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts

Aiming to reduce errors like the one it made in 2012, when it wrongly forecast the track of Hurricane Sandy into the New York area, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday introduced a major upgrade to the software at the heart of its weather prediction capability. Using huge amounts of computing power, the […]

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Ocean Protection Is an Urban Issue

In New York City, it’s often easy to think that ocean conservation is an issue for someplace else — tropical islands, coral reefs, the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic. But New York City is an archipelago, a reality that can be obscured by the concrete jungle. The five boroughs — four of them on islands […]

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Why Giant Pipes (Intentionally) Spewed Water and Sand onto Rockaway Beach

A pleasant British tourist, who declined to give his name, said that he had heard about Rockaway Beach from a friend’s mum, so there he was, in the extravagant sunshine of last Sunday afternoon, with two friends, one of whom went in the water. Cold, was the report. Since the beaches of Rockaway Beach are […]

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