NYC lays out $20 bln plan to combat climate change

NEW YORK, June 11 Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:58pm EDT

NEW YORK, June 11 (Reuters) - New York City would spend nearly $20 billion to get ready for rising sea levels and hotter summers under a proposal unveiled on Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The sweeping plan includes 250 recommendations, ranging from installing floodwalls and storm barriers to upgrades of power and telecommunications infrastructures.

With the Big Apple facing significant impacts from climate change in the decades to come - including becoming as hot as Birmingham, Alabama, by 2050 - the plan aims to make sure that New York City's extensive subway, transit, sewer and water, energy and food distribution systems will still be able to serve the more than 8 million people who live there.

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Comments (9)
CoRavensFan wrote:
They can put out $20B to combat climate change when they haven’t cleaned up all the mess yet from Hurricane Sandy?

Jun 11, 2013 2:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lanceo wrote:
That’s it? 20 Gigabucks and two paragraphs was all you could squeeze out? The article about the soft drink law fiasco was longer than that.

Jun 11, 2013 3:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
motorhogman wrote:
There is a village missing the ultimate idiot and NYC has found him !

Jun 11, 2013 3:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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