Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Rotten Luck: NYC's Pilot Compost Program in Trouble, with Shutdown of Delaware Processor

Monday, December 01, 2014

Most of the waste collected under New York City's pilot composting program is now going to landfills, due to the shutdown of a Delaware facility.

Comments [7]

The Price of Filtered Water Goes Up

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A plant that will purify water from the NYC's oldest reservoir will cost about three times as much as originally estimated.

Comments [2]

Senators: Sandy Homeowners Systematically Denied Insurance Claims

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A legal case has uncovered what could be a pervasive practice: insurers hired engineers to rewrite damage assessments to reduce their payouts.

Comments [2]

De Blasio Still Searching for Sustainability Chief

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 10 months into the new mayor's term, just three city offices remain without permanent leaders. One would be in charge of updating PlaNYC by next spring.


FEMA to Give NYC's Public Hospitals $1.6 Billion in Sandy Aid

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Four public hospitals are slated to receive the "largest single upfront" payment in FEMA history. 

Comments [1]

Times Square the Way It REALLY Used to Be

Monday, November 03, 2014

An "urban ecologist" wants to make the crossroads of the world reflect a New York before Europeans.


Learning to Love the Entirely Inadequate but Completely Indispensable Disaster Industry

Friday, October 31, 2014

Huge storms like Katrina and Sandy are here to stay; the firms that manage recoveries should be, too. But if this is going to work, five big things need to change.


The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NJ Spotlight
New Jersey Public Radio
Only a few large companies are able to manage disaster recovery efforts. That's how New Jersey and Louisiana ended up hiring and firing the same two firms.

Comments [3]

It's Been Two Years, but We're not Prepared for Another Sandy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Con Edison says Lower Manhattan won't black out again, but the region hasn't built much of what it needs to be resilient.


In Case of Hurricane, Take the R or the G Lines to Work

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two years after Sandy, the MTA's sealed two subway tunnels under the East River (at least theoretically), but has lots of other work to do.
Read More


Senior U.S. Public Health Official Slams NJ/NY Ebola Quarantine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

An expert in communicable diseases says Christie's and Cuomo's policy will dissuade aid workers from traveling abroad to help block the outbreak at its source.


Podcast: When Climate Change Comes to the City of the Future

Friday, October 17, 2014

When New York was built, filling in wetlands and paving over grass with asphalt didn't cause a climate crisis. Now it does. 


How Will We Live in 2050?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How will climate change impact New York City by 2050? Matthew Schuerman and Janice Huff talk about the series that looks at climate change and the ramifications for our city.

Comments [1]

Future Storms Could Lead to Financial Disaster

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In 2050, a storm comparable to Sandy could cause $90 billion of damage. That's 4.5 times the damage the storm inflicted in 2012—equal to the entire economy of Ecuador.

Comments [1]

Extreme High Tides Could Flood Our City's Streets

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The sea level around Manhattan increased a foot over the past century. By 2050, scientists predict it will climb another 18 inches, making mild storms as destructive as hurricanes.

Comments [2]

Forecast Calls for More Rain Than We Can Handle

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Current predictions find the New York City of 2050 will have more frequent heavy rainstorms, which means in a city with an aging sewer system, it's going to be messy.

Comments [1]

As Temperatures Climb, So Does the Risk of Blackouts

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As it is, New York City sets a new record for electricity demand every year or two. No one can be sure what 2050 will bring, but if we're not ready, the grid could fail.   

Comments [3]

New York City Could Get as Hot as Alabama in 2050

Sunday, October 12, 2014

By 2050, NYC will likely experience 45 days at or above 90 degrees Farenheit. That's a month and a half of sweltering days, which could be deadly.  

Comments [10]

The Science Behind NYC 2050

Sunday, October 12, 2014

There is no single widely accepted model for projecting climate change. Instead, there are 35 of them.


Arrested Development: Housing Stalls at Barclays Center Arena

Friday, October 10, 2014

Forest City Ratner began exploring modular construction to cut costs as it began to build thousands of apartments. But a dispute with a contractor has put the idea on hold.

Comments [3]