From New York to Ohio and beyond, Superstorm Sandy brought climate change and the nexus into millions of our homes and lives like never before. As the cleanup and recovery efforts continue, we're thinking about how to pitch in - and how food, water and energy play big roles.
As the climate warms, scientists say we will have more intense storms and droughts and more precipitation falling as rain instead of snow. This could have serious consequences for our nation's water systems.
Funding cuts to a joint NYC DEP and USGS water data collection program could make it difficult for managers and planners to fully assess groundwater and water conditions throughout the five boroughs and parts of Long Island.
Using NASA satellite data, a new paper by Dr. Jay Famiglietti and team identifies six US water hotspots that face water problems today and in the future. President Obama expresses concerns, but good policy, needs strong data.
Record amounts of rainfall have flooded an area stretching from Colorado Springs north to Ft. Collins in northeastern Colorado. The wastewater treatment plants in several communities were flooded and overwhelmed, leading to releases of raw sewage into the North Platte River watershed. Those communties that planned for major flooding suffered less damage. [Longmont Flood]
Take Action: FEMA's emergency preparedness website tells you what to prepare AHEAD OF TIME in case your household faces a disaster that requires evacuation.
Many coastal communities will be (or already are) feeling the effects of climate change. Residents of those often tight-knit towns will face tough decisions about whether or not to rebuild and may face high-priced or even no flood insurance.
Take Action: Find out whether or not you live in a flood zone and learn about flood preparedness at this goverment site.
In another heated week on Years of Living Dangerously, The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder sat down with an evangelical Christian father and daughter who fundamentally disagree about climate change while 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl explored Arctic oil and gas development amidst ice melts and rising seas.
In Episode 5, longtime New York Times journalist Mark Bittman plays a losing game of phone tag with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's office, while actress/comedian Olivia Munn visits Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to see how the climate change campaigner fared in his challenging first year of office.
This week's driving questions: "Why should we care about climate change? And, to a lesser extent, "What can we do about it?" The season finale featured an interview with President Barack Obama, an amazing glacial expedition in the Andes and the conclusion of Michael C. Hall's poignant trip to Bangladesh.
Vice President Joe Biden (in)famously said that New York's LaGuardia Airport is in shambles. Imagine then the decrepit state of the less seen US infrastructure like the electrical grid, food distribution networks or clean water systems? Is it time for voters to make infrastructure a priority?