If we want to understand the full picture of climate-fueled flood risk to New York City, we can’t just look at rainfall.
Robin Young interviewed climate scientist Kate Marvel yesterday on NPR's Here and Now, and Marvel did an excellent exposition about how adaptation simply is not up to the task we are facing and how mitigation, i.e. deep, deep cuts in fossil fuels is our only way out. Speaking of deep, it's hard to find the interview but here is a link to the show, and the interview starts at 10:06 into the Here and Now Anytime podcast: https://www.npr.org/2023/10/03/1196978011/here-now-anytime-draft-10-03-2023 It's well worth your time to listen to and share!
I feel like Eric Adams' response to criticism about his handling of the storm tells you what you need to know about him and his priorities. He seems particularly indifferent to the plight of the unhoused, but I'm guessing they're not attending fundraisers.
I applaud, respect, and am deeply grateful for all of your great investigative reporting (subscriber since the beginning!). But please, please don't refer to "the new normal", as a hated cliche or otherwise; it implies that this kind of flooding event is a new stable state for the climate and this is what we can expect going forward. But what we can actually expect going forward is for weather events to continue to get more extreme and unpredictable, and I don't think most people really understand that yet. Keep up the good work, and help people understand that "normal" now means "continuous change in directions that threaten human civilization".
This hits close to home. My niece and nephew live in Brooklyn, and they were frantically (and unsuccessfully) bailing out their basement, which ended up being filled with feet of water. We ignore what we are doing to the planet at our own risk (not that Republicans will care).
Excellent reporting Arielle! I want to make sure I'm understanding it correctly though.
Mild, moderate, and major refer to the frequency of flooding, and as the base sea level rises due to climate change, the mild flooding becomes a greater problem because of that increased base sea level. Even though they aren't really "mild" floods anymore and could be considered severe forms of flooding? But it isn't as though we are getting the major 1 in 100 year floods more often, just that the mild floods are becoming worse and since they happen relatively regularly, it just seems like an increase in major floods?
I do wonder if a new naming scheme is in order.