Storm-weary New York City needs to adapt faster to climate change

By Jim Hall

New York City is the beating heart of corporate America. Its streets and avenues parade across western popular culture and its imposing skyline is testament to humanity’s manifest ambition and modern civilisation.

Yet it is a city of high stakes and has much to lose from climate change. Some 400,000 New Yorkers live on the city’s 100-year floodplain. While this is only 5% of NYC’s population, it represents a greater proportion – and a greater density – than any other city in the US.


By Werner Kunz (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)