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Menopausal Mother Nature

News about Climate Change and our Planet

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Why Is New York Still Building on the Waterfront?

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New York 10 years ago — flooding 17 percent of the city’s total landmass and resulting in 43 deaths, thousands of evacuations and power outages that affected two million people — Northeners who had…

How to Get Offices to Net Zero Energy Use

It’s true that my co-workers were not happy when I broke the news four years ago that one of the two restaurant-size coffee machines in the office kitchen had to go. One machine went mostly unused, and together the two…

New York Developers Rush to Reduce Emissions as Hefty Fines Loom

Worried about higher temperatures, more frequent and intense rainfall and rising seas that are nibbling away at New York’s coastal edges, the City Council enacted Local Law 97 in 2019 as part of a pioneering legislative package aimed at reducing…

Here’s the First-Ever Map Showing Wildfire Risk to American Homes

Average Wildfire Risk to Properties in each ZIP Code 26% over 30 years Source: First Street Foundation, U.S. Census The map reflects Census ZIP code designations. Areas shown with no data don’t have a ZIP code, indicating they have few…

Climate-Change Risks Get the Attention of Real Estate Investors

Efforts to capture some of that science and turn it into actionable data are growing. Over the past few years, for-profit services like Moody’s ESG Solutions and Archipelago and nonprofit research groups like First Street Foundation and Rhodium have evolved…

Creeks, Once Overlooked, Are Now Seen as Assets for Urban Renewal

The Federal Emergency Management Agency publishes maps outlining 100-year and 500-year flood levels, but Mr. Becker said even those maps did not go far enough. There is an inherent tension, he said, because people are drawn to water, and developers…

As Risks of Climate Change Rise, Investors Seek Greener Buildings

When the developer Lendlease opens its $600 million residential and office complex in Los Angeles, expected in 2025, the site will have the typical hallmarks of sustainable development: proximity to a light-rail stop, an all-electric residential tower, solar panels and…

California Solar Panel Mandate for New Buildings Advances

LOS ANGELES — California regulators voted Wednesday to require builders to include solar power and battery storage in many new commercial structures as well as high-rise residential projects. It is the latest initiative in the state’s vigorous efforts to hasten…

The Climate Clock Now Ticks With a Tinge of Optimism

A hint of optimism has been added to the Climate Clock, the set of decreasing numbers on the facade of a building in New York’s Union Square that was conceived by two artists and activists, to communicate the urgency of…

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