This Holiday Season, Focus On Combating Loneliness And Building Resilience

Once in a lifetime floods to become regular occurrences by end of century

Sea level rise scenarios have a 50% and 5% chance of exceedance in the mid-twenty-first century (panels a and b) and the late-twenty-first century (panels c and d). Areas in dark and light blue cover flooded areas. Credit: Stevens Institute of Technology

Superstorm Sandy brought flood-levels to the New York region that had not been seen in generations. Causing an estimated $74.1 billion in damages, it was the fourth-costliest U.S. storm behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and hurricanes Harvey and Maria in 2017 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Now, due to the impact of climate change, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have found that 100-year and 500-year flood levels could become regular occurrences for the thousands of homes surrounding Jamaica Bay, New York by the end of the century…

This Holiday Season, Focus On Combating Loneliness And Building Resilience

The end of the year typically brings a welcome opportunity to rest, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy the festivities that make the season special. But with the Covid-19 pandemic worsening, traditional large holiday gatherings are no longer safe, and a recent survey reveals that two-thirds of Americans are concerned that they or a loved one will fall ill from the virus. This disruption of holiday tradition may harm Americans’ mental health, especially as the population is being asked to stay vigilant in the tenth month of the pandemic. Loneliness, depression, anxiety and grief will be the unfortunate – and uninvited – accompaniments to this year’s celebrations. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to manage mental health and stay connected and resilient through the end of this difficult year…

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