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Scientists: Future ‘Katrinas’ Should Figure into NY Emissions Standards

August 29, 2007

New York, NY – On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, scientists warn New Yorkers are at risk for more major storms and flooding. Gary Yohe of Wesleyan University participated in a Union of Concerned Scientists "Climate Impact Study." He insists that residents of New York City and Long Island can expect widespread flooding and other damage associated with hundred-year storms to occur more often -- every ten or 20 years -- by the turn of the next century.

"It's not if there is going to be a coastal storm, but when there will be a coastal storm, and the degree to which they might be increasingly vulnerable as the seas rise."

New York is in the process of writing its plan to limit global warming emissions as part of a ten-state regional agreement, but environmentalists warn that the plan is behind schedule, and may be too lenient in terms of the amounts and types of pollution it will continue to allow. Jason Babbie of the New York Public Interest Research Group explains the suggested 64-ton limit on greenhouse gas emissions for power plants could be cut by at least six additional tons.

"Taking out ten percent of what New York State is given, and New York is a good chunk of that region, will obviously have a good impact and send the right message that we’re serious about global warming."

Without taking some timely precautions, Yohe predicts much of the Northeast can expect significant flooding as a result of climate change.

"It’s uneven along New England, but for New York City it’s pretty dramatic and pretty scary. And for Long Island, if I were on the bay side of a barrier island, I would worry a lot about that, as well."

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY