News & Updates

Is NYC’s Climate Plan Enough to Win the Race Against Rising Seas?

The city’s climate adaptation projects should be devised to handle conditions far worse than even the most severe sea level rise estimates, scientists say.

By Katherine Bagley and Maria Gallucci, Inside Climate News, Jun 20, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to protect New York City from future superstorm Sandys and other climate-related threats is the most ambitious and scientifically accurate plan of its kind in the world. But as global warming intensifies and sea levels rise, even this strategy may not be enough to flood-proof the city for very long, experts say.

The climate adaptation plan, unveiled last week, would funnel $19.5 billion into more than 250 initiatives to reduce the city’s vulnerability to coastal flooding and storm surge. [more]

Deadline for Jamaica Bay Pipeline Commenting Period Is Tomorrow: CARP urges Opponents to Object

We’ve extensively covered the evolution of the proposed Jamaica Bay Pipeline, a project which would run a natural gas line through the Jamaica Bay wetlands, underneath Jacob Riis Park and ending at Floyd Bennett Field, where a meter and regulating station will be placed in a hangar, and connected to the National Grid infrastructure. While the legality of the pipeline is no longer in question, Williams Transco, the company looking to build the pipeline, must get the approval from the New York State Coastal Management Program (NYS CMP) before its application can be processed. The Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline (CARP) is imploring readers to submit comments before tomorrow to the NYS CMP  to stop the project before it gets underway. Read full story in Sheepshead Bites here.

Trashed: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: First by Sandy, Then by the Government

Birding Dude takes a look at the devastation wrought by Sandy in the wildlife refuge, with some pretty horrifying photos of the West Pond Trail.

But bad as it is, the cuts proposed by Republicans threaten wildlife refuges all over the country, particularly those along the East Coast that are reeling from the impacts of this latest megastorm. So bad are these cuts that even the NRA is joining in to protest. See Washington Post article here for more on this story.

Pipelines Explained: How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines?

by Lena Groeger, ProPublica,  Nov. 15, 2012

Hundreds of miles of new pipelines are needed to transport Marcellus Shale gas to market. There’s also miles of aging gas pipelines beneath cities and towns. Read this major article by ProPublica, which takes an in-depth look at these pipeline’s safety. [Full story here]

Rockaway Pipeline Approved to Cross National Park in Sandy-Impacted Area

By Shannon Ayala, Nov. 14, 2012,

Congress approved a law Wednesday allowing an interstate natural gas pipeline to cross a national park in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. …

Environmentalists rallied their networks to stop the pipeline before it made its way through Congress. …

In light of Hurricane Sandy, environmentalists have argued that the Rockaway area may be too sensitive for a high-pressure gas line. [Full story here]

Natural Gas Producers Open Up in Joining Leak Study

By Zain Shauk, Oct. 12, 2012, Houston Chronicle

Nine energy companies, including some of the largest natural gas producers in North America, are joining with the Environmental Defense Fund to support a University of Texas study of methane leaks at well sites. [Full story…]