The City University of New York– Apr 19, 2013
Queens College hurricane expert Nicholas K. Coch calls for rezoning to bar structures less than 500 feet from the shoreline, building flood walls and protecting subway and tunnels to reduce damage from future hurricanes. With sea levels rising as global warming melts polar icecaps and heats the ocean, “every storm in the future is going to do progressively more damage.” The $51 billion federal rescue plan wastes money on rebuilding houses that are doomed to further destruction and developing sea gates across New York Harbor. “There are far more effective and cheaper things that should be done immediately.”
Nicholas K. Coch
Journal of Coastal Research (2015) 31 (1): 196–212.
Coch, N.K., 2015. Unique vulnerability of the New York–New Jersey Metropolitan Area to hurricane destruction.
Hurricanes making landfall in the New York–New Jersey Metropolitan Area (NYNJMA) are infrequent, but their effects are considerably greater than those of similar Saffir–Simpson categories in the South. Hurricanes that caused major damage hit the NYNJMA directly in 1821 and 1893, and the only major (Category 3+) U.S. hurricane to hit several major U.S. urban coastal centers was the Long Island–New England Hurricane of 1938. The destruction resulting from landfall of a northern hurricane is greater that of a similar Saffir–Simpson category storm in the South. This damage amplification is the result of both the different characteristics of northern hurricanes and the unique geographic, geologic, oceanographic, and demographic characteristics in the northeast United States. Northern hurricanes move two to three times faster, have enlarged wind fields, and have a mostly coast-normal track that carries their more devastating right side hundreds of kilometers inland. A review of historical hurricane landfalls in the NYNJMA shows how they greatly amplify the damage from hurricane winds, storm surge, and freshwater flooding. Past hurricane landfalls caused great damage when the region was far less settled and developed than today. The NYNJMA is now the most densely settled and developed hurricane-prone urban coastal region in the world, and hurricane landfall will result in damage and economic dislocation that will have national and international economic, as well as other, consequences.
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State Department spokesperson Ned Price issues a statement on Ethiopia.
PBS NewsHour– Aug 3, 2021
The Biden administration this week sent its most senior official yet to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. USAID Director Samantha Power is putting pressure on the Ethiopian government and its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister to alleviate a humanitarian crisis in the country’s Tigray region. But as Nick Schifrin reports, the Ethiopian government seems determined to target Tigray.
HISTORY – Jul 30, 2021
As temperatures rise, a global meltdown has begun. From the Andes to the Himalayas to the Alps, glaciers are vanishing. In Antarctica and Greenland, vast ice sheets are turning into liquid, in Season 2, Episode 6, “Glacier Meltdown.”
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Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University Monday 24 September 2007
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speaker: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
speaker: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Al Jazeera English – Sep 25, 2007
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, visited the prestigous Columbia university in New York and gave a speech concerning the Middle East and US foreign policy. But as Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports, he was met with loud protests and condemnation.
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