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Bloomberg: In Reponse to Climate Change, NYC Needs Levees
Thursday, December 06, 2012 - 11:13 AM
New York needs more coastline protections in the wake of climate change. So says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Thursday, in a major address on rebuilding after storm Sandy delivered Thursday. Bloomberg was introduced by former Vice President Al Gore.
"Over the past month," Mayor Bloomberg said, "there has been a lot of discussion about sea walls. It would be nice if we could stop the tides from coming in, but King Canute couldn’t do it – and neither can we, especially if, as many scientists project, sea levels continue rising. However, there may be some coastline protections that we can build that will mitigate the impact of a storm surge – from berms and dunes, to jetties and levees."
We'll have more soon. Meantime, you can find the full transcript of the remarks here.