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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NYC Lauches Climate Change Task Force

The rapid roll-out of instutional arrangements to address climate change continues, with New York City's Mayor Bloomberg announcing the formation of a Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and the New York City Panel on Climate Change. . .

"The task force, which was one of the 127 initiatives proposed in PlaNYC, the City’s long-term sustainability plan, is made up of City and State agencies, authorities and private companies that operate, maintain, or control critical infrastructure in New York City. Advising the task force is a panel of experts from academic institutions and the legal, engineering, and insurance industries. These groups will begin the process of creating a coordinated plan to adapt our roads, bridges, and tunnels; mass-transit network; water and sewer systems; electric, gas, and steam production and distribution systems; telecommunication networks; and other critical infrastructure. This effort is one of the most comprehensive and inclusive strategies ever launched to secure a City’s critical infrastructure against the effects of climate change. The Rockefeller Foundation’s Climate Change Resilience program has awarded a $350,000 grant to fund the work of the Panel on Climate Change."

See also a 2008 report from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and Colombia University entitled: The NYC DEP Climate Change Program Assessment and Action Plan.

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