Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2439367
 


 



On the Waterfront: New York City's Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Challenge (Part 2 of 2)


Sarah Adams-Schoen


Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

2014

25 Envtl. L. in N.Y. 101 (May 2014)
Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper

Abstract:     
New York City, like other major cities around the world, has acknowledged the problem of climate change and begun to implement proactive policies to decrease the city’s contribution to the problem (i.e., mitigation) and to make the city less vulnerable to the effects of climate change (i.e., adaptation). The City’s initiatives have been comprehensive and progressive, especially its climate change-related data analysis and communication initiatives including NPCC, and its comprehensive reform of building and other related codes. The City’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and its progress toward that goal are also laudable, but the City should consider increasing its emissions reduction goal in light of the most current data on climate change and the risks posed to the city. The City would also be wise to further examine its approach to waterfront development, problems related to fragmentation and a lack of transparency in climate change-related policies, and the underlying causes of delay in assisting displaced persons to rebuild.

This article is published in two parts. Part 1 looked at the current climate-change related predictions for New York City and summarized the numerous climate-change mitigation and adaptation initiatives the City is taking.

This second part explores some of the key challenges facing the City, ultimately asking whether — even with the massive efforts triggered in part by Super Storm Sandy — the City is doing enough to prevent global warming and protect its residents from the increasingly intense and frequent weather extremes our future holds.

Note: Reproduced from Environmental Law in New York with permission. Copyright 2014 Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis® Group. All rights reserved.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Land Use, Climate Change, Super Storm Sandy, New York City, PlaNYC, NPCC, IPCC, Green Codes Task Force, LEED, Waterfront Revitalization Plan, Fragmentation

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: May 25, 2014  

Suggested Citation

Adams-Schoen, Sarah, On the Waterfront: New York City's Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Challenge (Part 2 of 2) (2014). 25 Envtl. L. in N.Y. 101 (May 2014) ; Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2439367

Contact Information

Sarah Adams-Schoen (Contact Author)
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )
225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 108
Downloads: 28

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo3 in 0.484 seconds