Staten Island neighborhood returning to nature for superstorm buffer zone

October 27, 2017 by  
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The Staten Island neighborhood of Oakwood Beach was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy five years ago. Since then, 80 percent of Oakwood Beach residents have sold their homes to the state of New York , which hopes to turn the area into a buffer zone to guard against future superstorms . Many homes have since been torn down, and the area is slowly returning to nature. Superstorms could hit the New York City region more frequently in the future. A recent Rutgers University study found storms flooding the city with at least 7.4-foot surges – an event which occurred every 500 years before 1800 – will hit once every five years by 2030, reports Reuters . Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery executive director Lisa Bova-Hiatt told Reuters the state pursued the home buyout program in large part because they expected more superstorms. She said, “To say that extreme weather is not our new normal would just be incredibly short-sighted.” Related: How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm Many Oakwood Beach locals have taken the state up on their buyout program. The state has spent $255 million with money from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to purchase 654 properties, and most of those are in Staten Island. There are 83 more properties in the pipeline, according to the Office of Storm Recovery. Bova-Hiatt said the program is voluntary but “it would be fantastic to have the entire area as a buffer zone.” The state has torn down townhouses and bungalows, and planted grass on the sites of former homes. Out of 402 homes in Oakwood Beach eligible for the program, the state was unable to acquire 88. Reuters spoke with Gregory and Olga Epshteyn, locals who decided not to take the state up on their offer. Gregory said the city still provides services like street lights and trash pickup, and that the neighborhood is the best place to live in Staten Island. Olga told Reuters, “We love it here, but we miss our neighbors.” Via Reuters Images via Sunghwan Yoon on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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The Staten Island neighborhood of Oakwood Beach was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy five years ago. Since then, 80 percent of Oakwood Beach residents have sold their homes to the state of New York , which hopes to turn the area into a buffer zone to guard against future superstorms . Many homes have since been torn down, and the area is slowly returning to nature. Superstorms could hit the New York City region more frequently in the future. A recent Rutgers University study found storms flooding the city with at least 7.4-foot surges – an event which occurred every 500 years before 1800 – will hit once every five years by 2030, reports Reuters . Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery executive director Lisa Bova-Hiatt told Reuters the state pursued the home buyout program in large part because they expected more superstorms. She said, “To say that extreme weather is not our new normal would just be incredibly short-sighted.” Related: How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm Many Oakwood Beach locals have taken the state up on their buyout program. The state has spent $255 million with money from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to purchase 654 properties, and most of those are in Staten Island. There are 83 more properties in the pipeline, according to the Office of Storm Recovery. Bova-Hiatt said the program is voluntary but “it would be fantastic to have the entire area as a buffer zone.” The state has torn down townhouses and bungalows, and planted grass on the sites of former homes. Out of 402 homes in Oakwood Beach eligible for the program, the state was unable to acquire 88. Reuters spoke with Gregory and Olga Epshteyn, locals who decided not to take the state up on their offer. Gregory said the city still provides services like street lights and trash pickup, and that the neighborhood is the best place to live in Staten Island. Olga told Reuters, “We love it here, but we miss our neighbors.” Via Reuters Images via Sunghwan Yoon on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Iconic New York beach gets climate-resilient boardwalk

June 20, 2017 by  
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It cost $70 million per mile to replace the Rockaway Beach dunes and walkway destroyed by Superstorm Sandy five years ago, a project emblematic of forward-thinking coastal development.

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How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

November 7, 2014 by  
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After Hurricane Sandy , which devastated the East Coast in 2012, it’s more important than ever to make sure you, your home and your family are prepared to weather hurricane season when it strikes—as it inevitably does each year, on coastal areas all over the world. While you can never predict when, where, and with what force a superstorm will strike, you can make sure that you have what you need and have taken the proper steps to be ready when it does . Here are some simple steps you can take to increase your odds of successfully weathering the storm. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canned goods , Electricity , emergency , emergency kit , emergency plan , emergency preparedness , evacuate , evacuation , flood , flooding , floods , home prepareness , how-to , Hurricane , hurricane season , power loss , power outage , prepare your home , preparedness , storm , storms , super storm , superstorm , superstorms , water issues , water supply

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Berkeley Becomes First U.S. City to Approve a Tax on Soft Drinks

November 7, 2014 by  
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Voters in Berkeley, California passed a historical measure earlier this week when they voted in favor of the first-ever soda tax in America, which will see sugary soft drinks taxed in response to their reputation for being high in calories and bad for your health. According to Forbes , Measure D , as it’s known locally, will levy a one cent per ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages and flavored drinks, bumping the average price of a can of soda in Berkeley up by a total of 12 cents – and a two liter bottle up by 68 cents. Read the rest of Berkeley Becomes First U.S. City to Approve a Tax on Soft Drinks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berkeley , California , california soda tax , diabetes , Health , heart disease , measure D , obesity , soda , soda bad for health , soda tax , tax , taxing soda

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Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

June 19, 2014 by  
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  Superstorm Sandy wreaked absolute havoc all along the USA’s east coast, and in addition to the massive flood damage, subsequent fires along the Jersey Shore (among other areas) were devastating . Hurricane Sandy made the Jersey Shore town of Seaside Heights infamous by the shocking photos of their iconic roller coaster in the ocean . A year later the same town suffered a second devastation , when the newly-rebuilt boardwalk burned down . At the time most bystanders scratched their heads and wondered why Seaside Heights had such bad luck – was it cursed? Those with an understanding of electrical engineering realized that the fire was the result of damage already done by Hurricane Sandy. Evidence has come to light that many of the fires were electrical in nature, as both electrical and mechanical systems were damaged by saltwater from ocean floods. By revisiting the placement and maintenance of these systems, we should be able to avoid similar damage from (inevitable) future storms. Read the rest of Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: basements , body organs , electric , electric fire , Electrical Fire , Electrical system , electrical systems , Electricity , fire , fires , flood , Flood Fire , flood water damage , flooding , floods , Hurricane , Hurricane Sandy , hurricanes , internal organs , mechanical , ocean , ocean water , resilient design , salt water , Sandy , sea water , Seaside Heights , Seaside Heights Fire , seawater , storm , storm sandy , superstorm , Superstorm Sandy , superstorms , ts , water damage

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Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Oil Pipeline Speaks Out

June 19, 2014 by  
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  I spent some time at Endless Mountains Farm in Benton, PA, operated in part by several members of Shalefield Organizing Committee (SOC), a group of dedicated activists created to put more focus on resources in local areas that don’t normally get funded by NGOs. While there, I sat down to interview Zora; a member of SOC who has serious concerns about the proposed  gas pipeline that may be installed near the farm where she lives and works. Read the rest of Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Oil Pipeline Speaks Out Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable agriculture” , activism , agriculture , animal rights , apathy , Atlantic Sunrise , big greens , collaboration , community , compressor station , destruction , dirty energy , drilling , earth , economic benefits , economy , Endless Mountains , Endless Mountains Farm , Environment , environmental activism , environmental movement , environmental problems , environmentalists , farm , farming , Food & Water Watch , fossil fuels , frack , fracked , fracking , Future , future generations , gas industry , government , grassroots , green energy , hydrofracking , industry , lobbying , NGO , PA , pennsylvania , pipelines , politics , propaganda , rural , shale gas , shale gas extraction , Shalefield Organizing Committee , small-town , SOC , soil , Sustainable , toxic , water contamination , water issues , Williams , Zora , Zora Acephala

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Rebuild By Design Competition Winners Announced – $1 Billion Awarded to Protect East Coast From Future Storms

June 3, 2014 by  
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Museum of the City of New York’s Powerful Hurricane Sandy Photo Exhibit Will Open on One Year Anniversary of Storm

October 28, 2013 by  
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It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy , and the Museum of the City of New York will be commemorating the milestone with a powerful collection of photography that chronicles what happened during and after the superstorm. Entitled Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy, the exhibition tells the tale of the disaster through images captured by both professional photographers and every day New Yorkers alike. Get a sneak peek of some of these moving photos here before the show opens tomorrow. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , Hurricane Sandy , hurricane sandy one year anniversary , International Center for Photography , MCNY , museum of the city of new york , rising waters , Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy , superstorm , sustainable design        

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It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy , and the Museum of the City of New York will be commemorating the milestone with a powerful collection of photography that chronicles what happened during and after the superstorm. Entitled Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy, the exhibition tells the tale of the disaster through images captured by both professional photographers and every day New Yorkers alike. Get a sneak peek of some of these moving photos here before the show opens tomorrow. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , Hurricane Sandy , hurricane sandy one year anniversary , International Center for Photography , MCNY , museum of the city of new york , rising waters , Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy , superstorm , sustainable design        

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