Johanna Lawton

Majority of US affected by climate disasters, but nation is moving in the wrong direction

Boston Globe: Experts warn the world must urgently phase out fossil fuels to avert climate catastrophe. But ending production doesn’t seem to be in the energy industry’s plans. Two new reports, both released as world leaders wrap up international climate policy debates at the United Nations climate talks in Egypt, bring that dissonance into focus: …

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New Measure of Climate’s Toll: Disasters Are Now Common Across U.S.

New York Times:  The rising toll of climate change across the United States has been measured in lives lost, buildings destroyed and dollars spent on recovery. But a report released on Wednesday uses a different measure: Which parts of the country have suffered the greatest number of federally declared disasters? That designation is reserved for …

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See which states have suffered the most major weather disasters since 2011

CNBC: Ninety percent of counties across the U.S. have experienced a flood, wildfire, hurricane or other federally declared climate disaster between 2011 and 2021, according to a report published Wednesday that calls for urgent investment in climate adaptation and hazard mitigation. During that same period, 29 states on average endured at least one federally declared disaster, according …

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New York received over $26B in disaster relief in last decade, topping other states

Politico: NEW YORK — The state has received more than $26 billion in federal relief over the last decade to recover from natural disasters, the most of any state, according to a new report calculating the national economic toll wrought from climate change. New York, Texas and Florida — three of the four largest states …

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9 in 10 US counties have experienced a climate disaster in the last decade, report finds

Grist: Ninety percent of all counties in the United States have experienced a weather disaster over the past decade, and these climate-fueled events have caused more than $740 billion in damages, according to a new report from the climate adaptation group Rebuild by Design. The “Atlas of Disaster,” a first-of-its-kind study published on Wednesday, analyzes a decade …

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90 percent of all US counties experienced climate disaster: research

The Hill: The vast majority of U.S. counties have experienced a climate disaster in the past decade, according to a new report from Rebuild by Design, a nonprofit aimed at helping communities recover from disasters. Between 2011 and 2021, 90 percent of counties experienced a climate disaster that received a federal disaster declaration. Some experienced as …

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SABIT NASIR, RAINPROOF NYC FELLOW

Sabit Nasir is a Fellow, supporting the Rainproofing NYC initiative. As a fellow, Sabit is leading an initiative to raise the bar for equitable climate adaptation that prioritizes the use of green and multi-benefit infrastructure. Prior to joining Rebuild, Sabit was an environmental planner at the City of Hoboken where he maintained the Sustainable Jersey …

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FINANCIAL DISTRICT AND SEAPORT CLIMATE RESILIENCE MASTER PLAN 10-YEAR UPDATE

In response to the 2019 Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study, in December 2021, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR) released the Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan, a “blueprint for comprehensive flood defense infrastructure to protect Lower Manhattan from the urgent threat of climate change,” including …

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