One of the great challenges of tackling climate change is making it real for people without a scientific background. That’s because the threat it poses can be so hard to see or feel.
In the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, for example, one may be compelled to ask, “Was that climate change?” Many politicians and activists have indeed claimed that recent powerful storms are a result of climate change, yet it’s a tough sell.
As downtown Manhattan prepares to be stormed by masked revelers in celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the New York City Village Halloween Parade, some New Yorkers recall this same weekend three years ago, when Superstorm Sandy battered the boroughs, leaving many homeless and the city with billions of dollars worth of damage. The storm was the second costliest in US history, causing $65 billion in damages, destroying 305,000 NYC housing units and leaving 117 dead.
New York’s Hometown Airline™ completed three playgrounds in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, restoring play for local children
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Children deserve safe places to play in their communities. Sadly, many children across the United States don’t have that chance. Since 2005, we have worked with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit, to build 20 playgrounds across the United States and Puerto Rico, reaching more than 44,000 children by providing a safe place to play.
Posted by Daniel Kammen of University of California, Berkeley
It’s ironic that a storm whose widespread blackouts left millions of Americans in the dark is finally helping us see the light.
Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world.
In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc across North America — and caused nearly 300 deaths and more than US$50 billion in damage. Thousands were left homeless and millions suffered without heat, electricity and water. Marking the storm’s one-year anniversary, AECOM’s Gary Lawrence, chief sustainability officer and vice president, recently recanted lessons learned from the destruction — providing additional insight needed to build urban resiliency in coastal cities everywhere.
The Intersect Fund Receives New Support From Capital One Bank
October 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ - On the eve of the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, staff of The Intersect Fund were joined by Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs and representatives of Capital One Bank to announce a grant of $50,000 for The Fund’s Disaster Relief Loan Program and an additional $400,000 in low-interest loans for Sandy relief and other lending.
One year after Superstorm Sandy, 20 major U.S. businesses demand action
BOSTON, October 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ – One year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, major U. S. companies including Starbucks, Unilever and Mars, Inc. have called on President Obama and the White House to follow through on climate change preparedness efforts outlined in the Climate Action Plan announced by the President on June 25th.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., October 28, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Verizon Foundation will provide a $100,000 grant to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to aid the dozens of businesses that faced additional setbacks from Superstorm Sandy recovery due to last month’s devastating boardwalk fire in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.