USA: Hurricane Sandy 2012

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In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Cuba and swept through the East Coast of the United States, causing critical destruction.

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If Sandy should act as a wake-up call for the need to increase business commitments, there is also a need for a co-ordinated effort among every level of society, business and government, especially as negotiators from around the world will soon gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18)...
Canberra Times, Fairfax Media, the
Reuters reports that in the aftermath of the historic floods caused by Superstorm Sandy, some city leaders have begun to argue for the construction of sea walls capable of shielding the U.S. coastline from ever more intense storms. Many however, are looking to alternatives and debating the cost of climate change adaptation...
Thomson Reuters
'Superstorm' Sandy has made it clear that flooding is not only a New Orleans problem: some of the country’s densest population centers are also extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels and storm surges. For cities like New York, the waterfront is a design problem on a gigantic scale, reports Radio 360. Listen to the programme with guest Adam Yarinsky...
Public Radio International
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In the light of the recent devastation that Hurricane Sandy has done in the USA, Haiti and in the Caribbean, community preparedness and response efforts, and the early warning systems in place as well as information sharing centers showed that small preparedness efforts can have a huge impact in case of emergencies...
Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org
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'As we see more extreme events like Sandy, the importance of assessing regional impacts grows,' says lead researcher Adam Schlosser, assistant director for science research at MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change...
MIT News, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
With more than one third of the 305 Asia-Pacific cities in coastal areas, 'the lesson for the region from Hurricane Sandy must be to improve coastal urban planning, storm protection, and relief and recovery when disaster strikes'...
Straits Times, the
'Each catastrophe should trigger a national conversation that should lead to a set of mutually-supportive private- and public-sector actions to build resilience at the community level and reduce future risk,' stated William H. Hook, senior policy fellow at the American Meteorological Society...
New York Times, the
'From all indications, the communities did very well,' said Karema Aikens-Mitchell, a senior director from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) of Jamaica, pointing to a number of disaster mitigation projects which may have prevented the loss of millions of dollars in property and may even have saved lives...
Jamaica Observer, the
'Hurricane Sandy cannot be attributed to climate change, but warming does mean there is more moisture in the atmosphere,' concludes Chris Mooney for the Guardian. Scientists are uncertain whether hurricane Sandy is related to climate change...
Guardian, the (UK)
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Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, is planning to make the coastline of the metropolis safer from storm surges and flooding. Among the ideas, there are artificial islands and oyster reefs to be used as natural sea walls...
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