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Rising Flood Insurance Rates: Building Resilience & Protecting Affordable Housing

More than two years after Superstorm Sandy, New York City homeowners face one more in a long list of significant hurdles to rebuilding their homes and lives: rising flood insurance rates. At the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, we work with the homeowners and communities still recovering and rebuilding following the storm. Many of the neighborhoods where we work, like Canarsie in Brooklyn and the Far Rockaways in Queens, are home to working- and middle-class families that need to boost their resilience but will struggle to afford rising flood insurance rates, putting them at great risk of foreclosure and displacement…

 

Deadly Japan quake and tsunami spurred global warming, ozone loss

A building in Ishinomaki, on the Pacific Coast of Japan, damaged by the Tohoku earthquake in 2011. A new study shows that buildings destroyed by the earthquake released thousands of tons of climate-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals into the atmosphere. Credit: National Institute for Environmental Studies

A building in Ishinomaki, on the Pacific Coast of Japan, damaged by the Tohoku earthquake in 2011. A new study shows that buildings destroyed by the earthquake released thousands of tons of climate-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals into the atmosphere. Credit: National Institute for Environmental Studies

New research suggests that the thousands of buildings destroyed and damaged during the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan four years ago released 6,600 metric tons (7,275 U.S. tons) of gases stored in insulation, appliances and other equipment into the atmosphere. Emissions of these chemicals, called halocarbons, increased by 21 percent to 91 percent over typical levels, according to the new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union…

 

‘Resilience’ helps us all, and to help others

Resilience. It’s amazing when a word, or form of a word, can be both a noun and verb. We need resilience each day in so many ways. When we stumble we must find a way to get back up. When we fail, we must try again. When we feel like giving up, we must go on…

 

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