Emerging climate risks require not only local solutions, but also wider, regional responses, according to climate experts participating in a recent panel discussion on climate resilience.
In the post-Superstorm Sandy era, community-level solutions are necessary to defend New York neighborhoods against extreme weather, rising sea levels, and storm surges, said New York City Councilmember Mark Treyger, speaking on the Feb. 22 panel hosted by AdaptNY, the Online News Association, and the Center for Community and Ethnic Media.
“We have to really build smarter,” said Treyger, who represents Coney Island and other parts of south Brooklyn. He stressed local challenges, especially Sandy’s impact on public housing residents, some living in buildings still relying on temporary boilers, as well as the need for city government action. But Treyger and other members of the panel added that larger-scale solutions are also needed to help New York City and the metropolitan area become more resilient to extreme weather, like Sandy, which devastated New York, New Jersey and the region in October 2012.