The Leonard Lopate Show

A Beach for Lower Manhattan: Good Idea?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

On Monday, Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard was on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how coastal communities along the East Coast – including New York City - are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. In her article “Under Water,” Sheppard wrote that, although Hurricane Sandy might have been a “100-year flood,” city officials have been repeatedly warned that global warming and rising water levels leave New York increasingly susceptible to major amounts of flooding.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Beaches, Floods, and the Government

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard looks at how coastal communities from Miami to Martha’s Vineyard are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. Her article “Under Water,” in the July/August issue of Mother Jones, examines existing laws on flood insurance, flood maps, and looks at how the federal and state governments are meeting these challenges.

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New Jersey News

In Rebuilding NJ’s Beaches, Debate Brews Over Replacing Sand

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Jersey beaches are, on average, 30 to 40 feet narrower after Sandy, according to a recent study. Nearly $700 million dollars has been spent replacing sand on the state's beaches, and the cost of reconstructing the coast will only increase. It’s sparking public debate over whether it's a good idea.

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New Jersey News

Casualty of the Storm: NJ’s Sandy Beaches

Friday, November 23, 2012

A report out this week shows the some of New Jersey's beaches lost half their sand when Sandy slammed ashore. The study raises questions about smartest and safest way to rebuild the Jersey shoreline.


The Takeaway

Times Atlas Erroneously Depicts Greenland Land Erosion

Monday, September 26, 2011

A single map inside the latest edition of the well-respected "Times Atlas of the World" has caused friction between the cartography world and the scientific community. A map of Greenland in the book shows that the country has considerably less landmass than ever before. Harper Collins, which prints the "Times Atlas," recently circulated a press release that said Greenland had lost more than 15 percent of its coastline after nearby glaciers melted, thanks to global warming. Scientists say that number is incorrect.