Boston is the most vulnerable of our Cities to Climate Change.

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on Feb 27, 2013
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The next Hurricane Sandy? If it hits Boston, the city—at the confluence of an elevated ocean and three rivers—will suffer, big-time. It’s more vulnerable than NYC, and NYC is analogous to New Orleans, pre-Katrina…everyone knows it’s in trouble, and it’s just a matter of time.

But things can be done. Read up (including the great comments).

And, needless to say, let’s eat local, drive less, turn off lights and all those little blinky lights left on all night every night. Turn off your wifi when not in use. Ship less. Don’t buy chemicals. Don’t eat chemicals. Don’t lather chemicals on your skin (which, unlike chemicals on food, won’t get filtered through your liver).

Enjoy life fully, minus the needless taxing of our physical environment. It’s the mindful life, and it’s our only hope.

From NPR:

In a big storm, you get three rivers flooding from one side, and an ocean surging in from the other. They meet in Boston Harbor…

…But no matter how well property owners prepare, they could still lose it all as climate changes. One reason many are willing to stomach that risk is that governments may bail them out. Swett, Li and MIT’s Emanuel all agree that state and federal flood insurance and disaster relief hide the true risk of coastal development. Emanuel calls it a taxpayer subsidy for risky behavior. “It’s as though your health provider would give you a break on your premium if you could prove to them that you would smoke three packs a day,” he says. “It’s that crazy.”


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